Biography of Private Frank Harmston Needham (201984)
1st battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 2nd/4th and 1st/5th Lincolnshire Regiment

Died 23rd October 1918


  • Name: Frank Harmston Needham
  • Date of birth: 1897
  • Place of Birth: Northorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1897
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Francis Robert Needham
  • DOB: 10th June 1868
  • Place of Birth: Northorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Woodman


  • Name: Emily Harmston
  • DOB: 1869
  • Place Of Birth: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1895 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Frank Harmston Needham, 1897, Northorpe
  • Robert Harmston Needham, 1900, Bourne (Died 1901)
  • Adelaide Annie Needham, 1905, Bourne


  • 1901: Frank is living with his parents at Northorpe, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Frank is living with his parents at West Field Cottage, West Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • No marriage for Frank has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Lincolnshire Echo Wednebsday 12th June 1918
    Needham, 201984 Pte F H (Bourne).

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Frank Harmstrong Needham, 201984, 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 23rd October 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father Francis R


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private F H Needham, 201984, 1st Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 23 October 1918 Age 23
  • Son Francis Robert Needham, of 40, West Fields, West Road, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Vendegies-Au-Bois British Cemetery
  • Grave A. 22.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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