Biography of Private Henry Frank Wells (35228)
7th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment
Formery 4555 Durham Light Infantry
Died 7th October 1916


  • Name: Henry Frank Wells
  • Date of birth: 12th March 1882
  • Place of Birth: Byfleet, Surrey, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1882
  • Place of Birth Registration: Chertsey, Surrey, England


  • Name: James Wells
  • DOB: 1842
  • Place of Birth: Manthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Road labourer


  • Name: Mary Ann Smith
  • DOB: 1850
  • Place Of Birth: Uffington, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 6th July 1874 Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire, England

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

  • Arthur Edward Wells, 1875, Manthorpe
  • Sarah Elizabeth Wells, 1877, Byfleet
  • George Thomas Wells, 1878, Byfleet (Died 1878)
  • James Warren Wells, 1879, Byfleet
  • Henry Frank Wells, 1882, Byfleet
  • Charles Ernest Wells, 1884, Byfleet
  • Robert Moysey Wells. 1887, Byfleet
  • Frances Mary Wells, 1889, Walton
  • Frederick William Wells, 1891 Thurlby
  • Emma Eleanor Wells, 1893, Manthorpe


  • 1891: Henry is living with his parents in the High Street, Thurlby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Frank is living with his Uncle Thomas Wells at Top Forge, Hunsheld, Yorkshire. The census gives him an age of 18 and he is listed as a Carter at Iron Work.
  • 1911: Henry is living with the Grayson family at Top Forge, Wortley, Yorkshire. The census gives him an age of 28 and he is listed as a Carter.

Relatives in services


  • No marriage for Henry has been found and we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • The Times Thursday January 25 1917
    K.O. (YORKS L.I)
    Wells, 35288 H. F. (Manthorpe Bourne)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Henry Frank Wells, 35228, 7th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment was killed in action on 7th October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Sister Sarah E
  • Clara Sanderson
  • Father James


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal



© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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