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RAMC profile of:
Frank Rhodes ARMITAGE M.B.
 
 


Place or Date
of Birth:
1883

Service Number:

TF Number:

Rank: Capt

Unit:

Attached To: 232nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery

Enlistment Location:

Also Served:

Outcome: Killed in action

Date Died: 30/07/1917
Age Died: 34

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: Belgium - Brandhoek New Military Cemetery

Awards: DSO

Gazette Reference: 01/01/1917
 


Other Information:

Frank was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School, and at Oundle School - entering in 1896, he went with a scholarship and was head of his house; obtained his cricket colours, and represented his house at football and fives. He then went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he gained a classical scholarship in 1902; took his B.A. with honours in the Science Tripos in 1905. He began his clinic work at the London Hospital in 1906. He qualified M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in July 1908, then graduated M.B. in November 1909. From February to July 1909, he held the appointments of Medical and Surgical Clinical Assistant to the Out-Patient Department at the hospital, then joined his father in practice at Wolverhampton. Whilst at the hospital he won a medal in cross-county running, was a prominent golfer in the Midlands, and had played in the Amateur Gold Championship. On 7th August 1914, he took a commission in the R.A.M.C. as lieutenant and medical officer in the 3rd North Midland Brigade, R.F.A., and went to France early in 1915. He was promoted to Captain on completing one years service. According to the Lancet (19th May 1917) he was wounded. He received the D.S.O on 18th July 1917, then returned to France the next day. He was killed whilst attending to wounded. His Brigadier-General wrote:- “He is a great loss to the Service, and did an enormous amount of good.... When there was any fighting going on he seemed indefatigable; he seemed to be able to go on with sleep indefinitely. The enemy shells had no terrors for him, and if there were any need for his services in the most dangerous places, he always went.” Frank was the eldest son of Dr Auriol Armitage. He was married and had one child.


 
Additional Information: Date Added: Monday 20 August, 2018
 
Frank's final resting place. [Photograph taken by Barbara Janman]


  
 
 
 
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