Frank Wass (1878–1939)


Lincolnshire Regiment 80653  
Labour Corps 25676 43rd Labour Company
Royal Defence Corps 76510  

Frank was born in 1878 at Crich and worked as a stonemason. He was the older brother of Ernest and worked as a stone mason. Frank married Mary Adams in 1901 and lived at Crich Carr. After serving in France and returning home, he became a guard for the German prisoners who were housed at what is now the village bakery in the Market Place. These Crich PoWs worked in the Hilts quarries, Crich.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier , 21 September 1918
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Smith, of Roe's Lane, have had further news this week from their son. Sergt. Norman Smith, who is a prisoner of war in Germany. He states that he has come across Sgt. Edgar Drury, a young man from Matlock, and a former player in the Matlock League and well known to Crich footballers. Sergt. Smith says they are very comfortable and well treated. Pte. Frank Wass, R.D. Corps, of Whatstandwell. arrived at Crich on Wednesday from a camp in the Midlands. He is to form one of the guard at the German prisoners' camp near the Hilts Quarries at Crich, where the majority of the Germans are working.

Field Ambulance Record
F Wass
Information: Entrained Wimereux
More Information: Detrained Mendinghem
Rank: Private
Service Number: 25676
Ailment: Brobchial Catarrh
Date of Admission: 23/01/1918
Date of discharge back to duty: 23/01/1918
Notes written in Observation Column: Trip No 178
Regiment: Labour Corps
Battalion: 43rd Labour Company
Other Unit info: Attached to No 46 Casualty Clearing Station

Medal Roll Index card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals

Frank's brother Ernest Wass and nephew Robert Wass are also on the Roll of Honour.


1891: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Allsop Wass Head 50 Superintendant grit quarries Brassington
Susannah Wass wife 49   Crich
Samuel Wass son 22 Wire labourer Crich
Annie Rebecca Wass daughter 19   Crich
Hannah Wass daughter 15   Crich
Frank Wass son 13   Crich
Ernest Wass son 10   Crich

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1901: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Susannah Wass Head (wdw) 59   Crich
Hannah Wass daughter 25   Crich
Frank Wass son 23 Stone mason Crich
Ernest Wass son 20 Stone mason Crich

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1911: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frank Wass Head 33 Stone mason Crich
Mary Wass wife 35   Crich
Francis Adams Wass son 8   Crich

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1918 Voters List
Francis Wass, Crich Carr, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Laurel Dene, Whatstandwell
Mary Wass (widow) b.6 June 1873

[Frank married Mary Adams in 1901and he died in 1939 before the Register was recorded]