South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Frank Highway

Frank Highway was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of John and Beatrice Highway. John had worked as a storeman, a commercial traveller and a watchman in a motor car factory. The family lived in Wolverhampton.

Frank was working as an order clerk in Wolverhampton in 1911. He married Olive Peake in Leicester in late 1914 - at about the time he joined up. The couple had a son, Frank J, registered at the Cannock Registry Office in 1915. Brewood and Coven are within the Cannock Registration District so this suggests that the couple (Olive at least) lived in the Coven area after they were married.

Frank appears to have joined the 1/6 South Staffordshire Regiment when it was formed in Wolverhampton in August 1914. He went to France on 28th June, 1915. At some point he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment with whom he was serving when he was killed in action during the Battle of Bethune on 18th April, 1918. He is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Private Frank John Highway, 205531 Essex Regiment (previously 2464 and 240356 South Staffs Reg.) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.