Remembered with honour Cairo War Memorial Cemetery: Row D, Grave 121.
He attested 15 February 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W., Australia: a farm hand aged 19, unmarried, 5’5″ tall, C of E; his next-of-kin his mother of Watford. He had previously served six months in the 5th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. He embarked 12 May 1915 from Sydney, N.S.W., aboard H.M.A.T. Themistocles. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, and died at No. 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, at 9.30pm of wounds received on 4 September 1915.
Son of Mary Ann Elizabeth (nee SAUNDERS) GROOME of Watford, and the late Fred(erick) GROOME.
His parents married 22 December 1878 at St Mary the Virgin, Walthamstow, Essex. Fred died 1919 in Watford aged 65, and was buried 10 June in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
Frank was born 21 March 1895 in Sydenham or Forest Hill, London, and attended Winterbourne Boys’ School, Croydon, Surrey, from 27 August 1906 to 29 July 1909. He emigrated to Australia 21 March 1914, 3rd class on the White Star Line Irishman from Liverpool to Melbourne, an agricultural labourer aged 18.
On the 1901 Census, aged 6 he lived in Sydenham, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a library assistant aged 16, he lived in Addiscombe, Surrey, with his parents and no siblings.
Unit"A" Company, 17th Battalion
Date of death06/10/1915
Age at death20
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)