Frank Hadland

Rank Private
Service No 44646
Date of Death 23/08/1918
Age 19
Regiment/Service Gloucestershire Regiment 12th Battalion
Cemetery Queen's Cemetery, Bucquoy. The cemetery is some 15 kms south of Arras, France. It has in excess of 700 1st world war casualties.


Frank was the son of George Thomas (1864-1949) and Francis Mary, nee Nevill (b.1872), Hadland. His parents married in the City of London in April 1891 and Frank was born in 1899 in Holloway, Islington.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 21 Effingham Road, London N8. George’s employment is listed as ‘tramway conductor’.

At the time of 1911 Census, his father was still employed as a tramway conductor and his mother worked as an occasional monthly nurse. His mother was born in Canada but was British by parentage. HIs parents had two children born alive but only one, Frank, was living in 1911. The family are listed as residing at 39 Queens Road, Finchley.

Frank was a pupil at Finchley County School. The school started as Finchley Higher Elementary School but become Finchley County School in 1910. It was located on the High Road near the junction with Squires Lane. The school was closed in 1971. Jessie Oulet, whose name is listed on the St Luke Finchley Roll of Honour, was also a pupil of the school. Both of their names are listed on the war memorial stone that is located on the site of where the school was situated.   

His father was born in Cheltenham, and this may explain why Frank served in the Gloucestershire Regiment. Frank was killed in action. At the time of his death, his parents’ address was listed as 21, Queen's Road, Finchley. When his Dad died in 1949, his address was still Queens Road.