Frank Harold Bester was my first cousin four times removed. His Grandparents, Charles Bester and Sarah Gill, were my fourth Great Grandparents. I first wrote about this branch of my family in January with the profile of Walter Francis Bester who was Frank’s nephew.
Frank was born to Charles Bester Jr. and Fanny Adams in 1892. The ninth of eleven children, his oldest siblings were already out of the family home and starting their own families when he was still a child. By 1911, when Frank was 18, it has only he and two of his brothers living with his parents in Winchmore Hill (now a suburban area of North London). His occupation at this time is listed in the census as a draper’s assistant.
Frank attested to the Royal Fusiliers in November of 1915 at the age of 23. He was later transferred to the Royal Scots, then the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment. He was sent to India upon joining this last battalion in March of 1917, then to Mesopotamia in December of the same year where he served the duration of the war, arriving back in Britain in March of 1919.
Frank lived out his days in Wood Green with his wife Lilian whom he married in 1923. He passed away in 1954 at the age of 61.