Rank: Second fisherman
Year of death: 1918
Date of birth: Circa 1882
Date of death: 15/12/1918
Place of death: North Sea
Regiment: Mercantile Marine
Cemetery location: Dean Road cemetery
Dean Road cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London
Frank was born in Scarborough to Betsy and Benjamin Tindall and although different dates are given on different records Frank’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1882. The family lived on Longwestgate and Frank attended St Thomas’sschool. His father Benjamin’s death was was registered in the second quarter of 1894 in Scarborough.
In the 1901 census Betsy is classed as head of the house. Two daughters who worked as pill makers for doctor Rookes, two sons one a fitters labourer and Frank Woking as an engine cleaner and a third daughter aged 16 and described as not Woking made up the family. In addition two nephews ( both juveniles) also appear as living with the family which by this time resides at 14, Garibaldi Street.
Frank married Lilian Pickles (who lived at 7, Garibaldi Street) in the first quarter of 1895. They moved to Aberdeen where they lived at 76, Victoria Road. They had three children.
On the 15th of December 1918 Frank along with his brother-in- law Herbert Kipling were fishing off Kinnaird Head aboard the S.T. Grecian Prince when it was blown up by a mine and they along with six others were killed. There were two survivors, the rest of the crew were lost.
The Evening Express on Tuesday December 17th 1918 wrote “ All members of the crew of the
Aberdeen trawler Grecian Prince lost by the blowing up of a mine were married.” It goes on to name the men. “Frank Tindall second engineer,
89, Walker Road,Torry left a wife and three children the eldest being 6 years old.
Obituaries I the same paper read.
Lost at sea on 15th December with S.T. Grecian Prince Frank Tindall beloved husband of Lilian Pickles 89, Walker Road and son of Mrs. Tindall ,34 Merkland Road East late of Scarborough. Aged 35 years. Sadly missed and deeply mourned.
Lost at sea on 15th December. Frank Tindall the dearly beloved son of Mrs. Tindall 34 Merkland Road East. Deeply mourned.
Inserted by mother ,sisters and brothers 23rd
(Aberdeen weekly Journal)
The nearest we get to a picture of the men at this time comes from an advert in the Aberdeen Evening Express on 23/12/1918
For either of the bodies of the following men who were drowned off the Grecian Prince on Sunday 15th December off Kinnaird Head.
Frank Tindall height 5ft 4 ins build medium, hair dark, moustache, eyes brown, wearing blue Guernsey and blue kersey trousers.please communicate with police office Aberdeen.
The same advertisement appeared on Wednesday December 25th.
Frank Tindall’s name can be found on the family headstone in Dean Road cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London. This memorial is to commemorate seamen and officers of the Mercantile Marine and Fishing Fleet who gave their lives during the Great War and who possess no known graves but the sea.