Francis McGrath

ID# 4544, (7 Jun 1889 - 17 Nov 1914)

Francis McGrath was born on 7 Jun 1889 at Liverpool, Lancashire, England.1
He was the son of James McGrath and Margaret Clare.

Francis McGrath was baptised on 16 Jun 1889 in St Peters Priory, Liverpool, Lancashire, England,

No 4512
Franciscus McGrath

born 7 June 1889
Bapt 16 June 1889
Parents: Jacobi & Margarita McGrath, (Clare)
Godfather: Roertus Owen
Godmother: Joanna Mitchell Davies.2,3

Francis appeared on the 1891 English Census of 5 Apr 1891 in the household of James McGrath at 28 Pitt Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England;
McGRATH James, Head, M, 39, Green Fruit Business, own means, Liverpool
McGRATH Margaret, Wife, M, 33, Liverpool
McGRATH Mary A, Dau, Single, 16, At Home, Liverpool
McGRATH James, Son, Single, 14, Cart Driver, Liverpool
McGRATH Margaret, Dau, 9, Liverpool
McGRATH Francis, Son, 1, Liverpool.4

Francis appeared on the 1901 English Census of 31 Mar 1901 in the household of James McGrath at 28 Pitt Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England;
McGRATH James, Head, M, 44, Horse Dealer ( Groom Stable), own account, Liverpool
McGRATH Margaret, Wife, M, 42, Fruit Shopkeeper, own account at home, Liverpool
McGRATH James, Son, Single, 23, Carter, employer, Liverpool
McGRATH Margaret, Dau, Single, 19, Liverpool
McGRATH Francis, Son, Single, 10, Liverpool
McGRATH Teresa, Dau, 7, Liverpool.5

Francis appeared on the 1911 English Census of 2 Apr 1911 in the household of Margaret McGrath at 28 Pitt Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England;
Mc GRATH Margaret, Head, 50, Single, no children, Dealer, Shopkeeper, Fruit, Own Account, At Home, Liverpool Lancashire, British
Mc GRATH James, Brother, 58, Widower, Dealer, Horse, Own Acc, Liverpool Lancashire
Mc GRATH John, Brother, 66, Single, no children, Dealer, Horse, own Acc, Liverpool Lancashire
Mc GRATH Francis, Nephew, 21, Single, Motor Mechanic, Motor, Own Acc, Liverpool Lancashire
Mc GRATH Teresa, Niece, 19, Single, Domestic, House, Own Acc, At Home, Liverpool Lancashire.6

As of 1914,Francis McGrath was also known as Frank McGrath.

Frank began Military Service on 21 Aug 1914 Scots Guards No 9352, Liverpool, Lancashire, England,

Frank McGrath
Private, 2nd Bn.7

Frank ended Military Service on 17 Nov 1914 France

Private No 9352, Scots Guards,
Son of J McGrath of Liverpool,
Enlisted 21 Aug 1914 and died 17 Nov following,
from heart failure, contracted while on service.

WW1 Medal Rolls:
Medal: Victory & British Star
Action taken: clasp /2/2638
Qualifying Date: 11/11/14

Frank died on 17 Nov 1914 at France at age 25 years, 5 months and 10 days

McGRATH, Pte, Frank,
9352. 2nd Bn. Scots Guards, 17 Nov 1914, Age 25.
Son of James and Margaret McGrath, of Liverpool.
Div 14. F. 1

Frank McGrath
Born: Liverpool
DOD: 17 Nov 1914
Death: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Liverpool
Rank: GDSN
Regiment: Scots Guards
No: 9352
Type of Causality: Died
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Most likely was involved in the First Battle of Ypres.

"On October 19, a protracted period of fierce combat began, as the Germans opened their Flanders offensive and the Allies steadfastly resisted, while seeking their own chances to go on the attack wherever possible. Fighting continued, with heavy losses on both sides, until November 22, when the arrival of winter weather forced the battle to a halt. The area between the positions established by both sides during this period—from Ypres on the British side to Menin and Roulers on the German side—became known as the Ypres Salient, a region that over the course of the next several years would see some of the war’s bitterest and most brutal struggles."
(Taken from "This Day in History.")8,9

Frank was buried in Nov 1914 at Seine-Maritime, Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France,

9352 Guardsman
Frank McGrath
Scots Guards
17th November 1914

There is a Link
Death Cannot Sever
Fond Remembrance
Lasts For Ever

The Wording on the Headstone was commissioned by Miss M McGrath, 28 Pitt Street, Liverpool, England - This was his Aunt Margaret.10

Frank McGrath Headstone Sainte Marie Cemetery
Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France
Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France
FatherJames McGrath (4 May 1850 - )
MotherMargaret Clare (13 Oct 1857 - 1901)


  1. [S78] BDM Indexes online: England Civil Registration online, . Online;, 1889 Sept Qtr, Liverpool, Lancashire, Vol 8b Page 85, Mothers Maiden Name - Clare.
  2. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  3. [S54] Old Church Records, Parish Registers, Various Repositories, 1889 St Peters Priory, Liverpool, Lancashire, RC Baptisms, via Hereinafter cited as Parish Registers.
  4. [S74] 1891 English Census ( PRO England, 5 April 1891), 1891 Lancashire, Liverpool, St Thomas, District 2, RG 12/2910 page 27. Hereinafter cited as 1891 English Census.
  5. [S65] 1901 English Census ( PRO England, 31 March 1901), 1901 Liverpool St Thomas, Lancashire, District 1, RG 13/3414 page 22. Hereinafter cited as 1901 English Census.
  6. [S128] PRO England, 1911 English Census ( National Archives England, 2 April 1911), 1911 Liverpool Lancashire RG14PN22203 RG78PN1313 RD453 SD3 ED29 SN90 Mc Grath. Hereinafter cited as 1911 English Census.
  7. [S99] "Military Record";; DeRuvignys Roll of Honour 1914 -18, pg 212, via Hereinafter cited as "Military Record."
  8. [S99] "Military Record", Commonwealth War Graves Commission, France, 85. Ste Marie Le Havre.
  9. [S99] "Military Record", UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 - 1919, Via
  10. [S46] Transcription: War Records; Commonwealth War Graves . Online; Publish Date 1999, Commonwealth War Graves Photos plus from
    Division 14, Burial details: Row F Grave No 1 for Frank McGrath.