Frank Cuthbert

Frank Cuthbert (1885– 1916) was born in Stowmarket, but moved to Colchester with his family. He attended North School when living at 28 St Mary’s Road.

Frank joined the Royal Navy in 1908 and worked as an Engine Room Artificer which was a job maintaining and operating engine room machinery. He was awarded the Messina Medal for his service aboard HMS Duncan in aiding the rescue of survivors of the Messina earthquake in 1908.

Frank went on to serve on board HMS Cheerful, which was involved in anti-submarine operations from May 1915 until his death in an accident on 5th February 1916. He was lost overboard and his body was not recovered for burial.
Frank left a widow, Maud at home in Colchester living at 10 Provident Place.

He is remembered in the memorial register of the Chatham Naval Memorial 1916 and at St Mary at the Walls Church (now Colchester Arts Centre).

Sources:
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
1901 census
UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1853-1928
UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919