8th Sep 1914, Tragic Death of a Rugby Recruit

At an inquest on Frank Badger (25), of 79 Victoria Street, New Bilton, who met with his death under tragic circumstances at the Barracks, Gillingham, Kent, on Thursday in last week, a verdict of “ Suicide whilst of an unsound mind ” was returned. Badger, who was formerly employed at the B.T.H Works, only enlisted in the Royal Engineers on Tuesday in last week. On Thursday morning, before hearing the sad news, his mother, who is an invalid and a widow, received a postcard from her son written the previous night, in which he said: “ We are going on all right. Sorry I have not had a chance to post before.” He had suffered from cardiac trouble for some time, but was in high spirits when he left Rugby.

This short piece appeared in the Tuesday Edition of the Rugby Advertiser on 8th September 1914. Frank Badger received a military funeral and is listed by the CWGC. He is not listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates, or any other local memorial. Perhaps his family didn’t want this sad event remembered.

If you are related to Frank Badger and think he should be added to the Rugby Gates, please get in touch with us.

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