Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 2C.
He enlisted in Watford; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 26 July 1915, and was killed in action when a shell fell on “C” Company Officers’ Mess in the front line near Carnoy. Unfortunately, Frank’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There are articles about Frank in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 14 November 1914, 8 July 1916 (including a Death announcement) and 7 April 1917.
Son of Elizabeth (nee LESLIE) and the late Joseph BUNCE; husband of Mercy Maria (nee WILLIAMS) BUNCE.
His parents married 6 June 1876 at St Mary’s, Beaconsfield, Bucks. Joseph died 1915 in Watford aged 61, and was buried 5 May in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Elizabeth died 1925 in Watford aged 66, and was buried 11 February, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Frank was born 1883 in Beaconsfield [not Watford], and baptised 29 November 1883 at St Mary’s, Beaconsfield. He married 1905 in the Watford district; they had four children. He resided in Watford, and worked as a fuelman for the London and North Western Railway at the Watford Locomotive Depot. Mercy remarried 1917 in the Watford district to William BALDWIN; she died 1932 in Watford aged 51, and was buried 21 November in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1901 Census, he is proving elusive. On the 1911 Census, a railway servant aged 28, he lived in Watford, with his wife and three children.
Date of death26*/06/1916
Age at death32
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)