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Frank Cull

Born 1877, Wimborne, Dorset

Son of George and Ellen Cull

Husband of Bridget Cull nee Flynn of Quebec, Canada, married 18th August 1908, St Mary’s Church, Cadogan Street, Chelsea, London

Joined the City of London Police 28th May 1903

Warrant Number 7305

Collar Number B190

Height 6 ft 2 inches


Corporal Royal Garrison Artillery

Service Number 281905

Army record shows he suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis

City of London Police warrant book is endorsed to show he was “returned unfit 11/7/1918”

Died 9th December 1918, aged 42 years

Buried Colehill, Dorset

Parish burial record is endorsed “from effects of gas in France in 1917”

Not listed on the City of London Police WWI Memorial at Wood Street Police Station


The Chelsea News and General Advertiser, 20th September 1918 reported:

“Frank Cull of Colehill, Dorset, was summoned by his wife, Bridget Cull of 52 Sussex Street, Pimlico, she alleging that he had deserted her. Complainant said that she was married to defendant in August 1908. There were no children. On June 17th last defendant left her, saying to her, “Good bye, and if you want to know anything about me the police will tell you”. She neither saw him again nor received any maintenance from him. He was formerly a City policeman and then joined the Army. Mr Leycester (to defendant): Have you a pension? Defendant replied that he was receiving 30s a week temporary pension from the Army and 13s from the police. During defendant’s statement the wife several times interrupted with denials and comments, and gave way to tears. At length she left the witness box, exclaiming, “I don’t want anything from him”. As she left the Court she slammed the door. Defendant: That will show you what sort of life I have had to put up with. Mr Leycester: But she is your wife and you will have to maintain her. What do you offer? Defendant said that in his present circumstances he could not pay her more than 7s 6d a week. An order was made accordingly, the money to be paid through the Court”.

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