Private Frank Louis Lindley

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

1889

War time / or Pre War occupation

Professional Footballer

Employer

Luton Town FC

Service Number

F17

Place of Birth

Sheffield
Yorkshire
United Kingdom

World War I Address

Shaftesbury Road
Luton
Bedfordshire
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Source

The Luton News , 17th December 1914

Frank Lindley was a professional footballer at Luton Town FC when he enlisted in the Footballers Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment at a public meeting at Fulham Town Hall on 15th December 1914.

Together with his team mate Hugh Roberts, Lindley was one of the first 35 professional footballers to enlist with the Footballers' Battalion. On returning to Luton they encouraged six other Luton players to volunteer the following day.

Whilst training with the Battalion Lindley continued to play for Luton Town in the Southern League season of 1914-15 before being posted to France in November 1915. He sustained a gunshot wound in his left arm in August 1916 and received treatment at Belfast hospital for almost two months. He returned to France in March 1917 before being sent home with impetigo in July 1917.

Lindley was a wing - forward ( 5ft 9 inches,185 lbs, chest 39 inches) who joined Luton for the 1914-15 season. He did not return to play for Luton in 1919-20.

His Service Record and Medal Index Card can be found online on the National Archives website.

All images are used with the kind permission of Roger Wash, Luton Town Football Club Historian

Individual Location

Author: HillC

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