From Hoole History and Heritage Society

RABY, Frank Armstrong

Regiment: 45th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Number: 90402

Died: 31 July 1917

Aged: 26

Buried/ Memorial: Potijze Chateau Lawn Cemetery, Belgium

Address: 13 Vicarage Road, Hoole

Frank Armstrong RABY with 'Territorials'
Frank Armstrong RABY Memorial Stone

Cheshire Observer 16 January 1915

Tomorrow (Sunday) Corpl Frank Raby of Vicarage Road Hoole, who has been at the front some time with the Chester RAMC (territorials) returns to France after seven days leave, which has been spent at home. He is in good health and fit.”

Chester Chronicle 11 August 1917


Sergeant Frank Raby, R.A.M.C., second son of the late Mr. E.J. Raby, Vicarage Road, Hoole, has been killed in action. He was aged 26 and an old King’s School boy.”

Chester Chronicle 11 August 1917

Sergeant Frank Raby, R.A.M.C., killed in action, was a son of the late Mr E.J. Raby, a partner in Huke’s Library, Chester, and of Mrs. Raby, now of St. John’s Cottage, Canal Street. It appears that Sergeant Raby was hit by a piece of shell when out collecting wounded men under fire on July 31st. He was an old King’s School boy, was 26 years of age, and had been an N.C.O. in the local Territorial Force, R.A.M.C. which was the first territorial R.A.M.C. unit to go to the front. Before the war he was a dental student at Liverpool University and had passed nearly all of his examinations. He had done excellent work at the front and was most highly spoken of by his officers.”

The 1911 Census shows Frank as a 20-year-old dental student living at 13 Vicarage Road with father Edward, mother Minnie, brother Frederick and sisters Edith, Winifred and Dorothy.