Frank Hulley was born in Gresford, circa 1900 and was Baptized on the 3rd January, 1900 the son of Alfred & Isabella HULLEY (formerly Morris, nee Ashbrook). They had married in a civil ceremony in Chester in 1899 (Cheshire West ROC/39/142). It was Isabella’s 2nd marriage, as I believe she had been married to Alfred W. Morris in St. Paul’s Church, in Tranmere, Cheshire in 1884 (Wirral BK18/2/178). Alfred W. & Isabella Morris were to have 3 children and on the 1891 census they were living at Blackbrook Road, Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire. Alfred W. Morris, 31, was head of the household and a Foreman Railway Shunter who had been born in Church Pulverbatch, Shropshire. Isabel (sic), 28, had been born in Bromborough. Their children were Joseph H., 5, and Frances N. 4, both born in South Tranmere, Cheshire. Alfred W., 1 had been born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, (St. Mary’s).
Sadly the following year, 1892, Alfred W. Morris was to die (Flintshire (Mold) HAW/23/91) leaving Isabella with a very young family.
Seven years later in 1899 Isabella was to remarry as shown above to Alfred Hulley and on the 1901 census they were living at Llay Chain, Llay, Denbighshire. Alfred, 34 was a Coal Miner (Hewer ) and had been born in Hawarden, Flintshire, Isabella was now age 37. Two of her children from her 1st marriage, Joseph and Alfred Morris, aged 16 and 11 respectively were also in the household, along with their new step siblings. Their first born daughter Lilian Hulley, 5, had been born in Mold, Flintshire and sadly, I do believe that she was to die in 1914, age 18 years. The address on the Parish Registers for Gresford – Burials, gave the address as Yew Tree Villa and she was buried on the 12th December 1914. This is the address that the family lived in on a later document. There were also 3 sons, William age 4, born in Mold with Frank, 2, and Reginald, 5 months, both born in Gresford.
By 1911 the family had moved again, this time to 20, New Town, Gresford. (5 rooms), Alfred, 45, still a Coal Miner and Isabella, 48, tell us that they had been married 18 years and 5 children had been born to them and were still living. Son, William, 14, was a Farm Labourer, Frank, 12 was at School, as was Reginald, age 10. There was another addition to the Hulley household, son Noel, age 8 and born in Gresford. Isabella’s 2 sons from her 1st marriage were also in the household. Joseph, 25 was a Blacksmith’s Striker and Alfred, 21 was a Colliery Labourer, above Ground, but both were classed as “Boarders.”
It seems that Frank enlisted or was conscripted in 1917 at the age of 18 years, but I have extracted some pages from his Service Records below that might tell his story better than I.
*Extracts from Attestation Papers
Attestation Papers – Frank HULLEY 62nd T. Res. Bn.
Address – Yew Tree Villa, Gresford
Age – 18 years 1 month
Trade – Collier
Married? – No.
Form signed on the 21st April 1917 at Wrexham
Next Paper – Descriptive Report on Enlistment
Age 18 years 7 months.
Height 5 feet (paper ripped)
Chest Measurement – Girth when fully expanded – 36 and ¼ inches – Range of expansion – 3 inches.
Next of Kin – Father Alfred HULLEY, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford
Next Paper – Telegram stating that Frank had died and he had a Gun Shot Wound, Comp. Fracture of the right Femur.
Next Paper – Names and Addresses of all the Relatives of the above-named deceased soldier in each of the degrees specified below that are now living
Father of the Soldier – Alfred HULLEY, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford.
Mother of the Soldier – Isabella HULLEY, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford.
Brothers of the Soldier – Full Blood – William HULLEY, 22, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford
Reginald HULLEY, 19, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford
Noel HULLEY, 17, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford
Brothers of the Soldier – Half-Blood. – Joseph MORRIS, 34, Acton Cottages, Near Wrexham.
Alfred MORRIS, 28, High Street, Gresford, Wrexham.
Sisters of the Soldier – Full- Blood – None.
Sisters of the Soldier – Half-Blood. – Frances JONES, 32, Bradley, Gresford, Wrexham.
Declaration signed by his mother Isabella HULLEY, Yew Tree Villa, Gresford on the 20th October , 1919, at Gresford, witnessed by R.J. Barker Owen, Clerk in Holy Orders, Broomfield, Gresford, Wrexham, N. Wales.
Next Paper – Casualty Form states that Frank was wounded on the 8th June 1918 and died of his wounds on the 16th June 1918.
Embarked Folkstone 26th October 1917, Disembarked Boulogne same day.
25 I.B.D. Joined and Posted to 7th Border 27th October 1917
O.C.B. Joined 3rd November 1917
2nd December 1917 I.F.A. Sa?l(b?)ers??? Field 28th November 1917
16th December 1917 I.F.A -Do- To Duty 10th December 1917
9th June 1917 Y. Batt. Wounded in Action 8th June 1917
8th June 1917 53 I.A. – G.S.W. ???? (Very faded) Forearm? R. 8th June 1918
16th June 1917 8 G.H. Died of Wounds 16th June 1918.
He was 19 years of age and remembering that Alfred and Isabella had already lost Lilian 4 years earlier, their grief was compounded by his loss and that he suffered for 8 days, bless him.
Frank Hulley in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms his Regimental details and also tells us that he was born and resided in Gresford, and he enlisted at Wrexham and that he died of Wounds.
Frank Hulley in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he died at the 8 General Hospital, France of Wounds and the Sole Legatee was his mother Isabella who received £12 14s 7d on the 3rd October 1918 and his War Gratuity of £4 on the 2nd December 1919.
Frank was originally in the 62. T.R.Bn as a recruit, Regimental Number 75828, but from Ancestry – Frank Hulley in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us for the first time that he was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with the Regimental No. of 21774, then transferred to the 7th Bn. Border Regiment. This document also tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals , nothing else was written on the card, so we don’t know his first Theatre of War, nor when he entered it, although his Record show that above.
He was well loved and remembered on the Roll of Honour at All Saints Church, Gresford.
Researched and Compiled by Mavis Williams.