b. 07/1893 Dewsbury, Yorkshire. d. 19/11/1944 Leeds, Yorkshire.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 19-20/07/1918 Bois l’Abbe, near Amiens, France.
Frank was one of four sons of Arthur and Delilah Calverley (nee Shaw). His siblings were Joseph, James and George. After enlisting at the start of WWI, he was sent to France on 15th April 1915. He served in the ranks of the Royal Engineers and the West Riding Field Ambulance RAMC. Following his AM action, he recovered from his wounds and was presented with the medal by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 17th May 1919. Having lived most of his life in Batley, he moved to Leeds in later life, where he died in 1944.
In France, on the night of the 19th July 1918, Lieutenant Calverley was in charge of a party of men unloading 4-inch Stokes gas bombs from limbers, when he noticed that the safety lever on one of the bombs had been broken and that the fuze was burning. Regardless of personal danger, he at once rushed forward and picked up the bomb, fully realising the disaster that would inevitably occur should it explode amongst the men and horses. He carried it to leeward of the dump, where it burst, wounding him in several places. But for his prompt and gallant action there would have been numerous gas casualties and, in all probability, loss of life.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: YORK CASTLE MUSEUM, YORK.
Thomas Stewart – Image of the Medal