Roland Edward Corlett,
M.3967 Acting Armourer, Royal Navy
28342 Private Clifford Noble Corlett,
9th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Francis John Corlett,
Seaman Cadet, Mercantile Marine
Francis John Corlett, known by all as Frank, being born on 19th December 1901, was too young for any form of military service during the Great War. With the introduction of conscription under the terms of the Military Service Act of 1916, almost all means of entry into the army for underage, but adventurous young men had been blocked. In 1918, at the age of 16 years, he joined the Mercantile Marine as a Cadet, with the intention of becoming a merchant seaman. It isn’t known how long he served in the Mercantile Marine, but it is known that he had time to join the West Riding Constabulary, becoming a policeman, before, in October 1925, he enlisted into the Coldstream Guards. He married Eleanor Mabel Greenheld in Wakefield the following year, and was, soon afterwards, posted to Shanghai in China to serve with the regiment’s 2nd Battalion. After 12 years’ service as a Coldstreamer, he was discharged, and the couple had three children and settled in London, with Frank dying in Enfield on 12th March 1981.