Cinnamond, Francis (Frank)
2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died of disease on Tuesday 12 November 1918 (aged 25)
Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland (Grave II. B. 5)
Ulster Bank War Memorial Plaque
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Book of Remembrance
Lieutenant Frank Cinnamond’s death was reported in the 14 December 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Former Newtownards Banker Reported Dead. Only a few days earlier, on 3 December 1918, the Manager of the Ulster Bank in Newtownards had received a postcard from Frank Cinnamond. The postcard was dated 22 October 1918 and in it Frank expressed kind regards to all the staff. He wrote, ‘We all hope to see the homeland again soon’.
Francis (Frank) Cinnamond was born on 14 May 1893 in Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan and he was a son of Robert and Martha Cinnamond (nee Montgomery) who were married on 5 November 1885 in Kinawley Methodist Church, Co Cavan. Robert Cinnamond from Cavan (he was born in County Down) was a son of Thomas Cinnamond, a boot and shoe maker. Martha Montgomery was a daughter of John Montgomery, a farmer. Their’s was a double wedding; on the same day in the same church Martha’s sister Catherine married Jonathan Acheson.
The Cinnamond family lived at 7 Church Street, Cavan.
Robert Cinnamond was variously described as a victualler, flesher, boot merchant and farmer and he and Martha had ten children:
Reginald (Reggie, born around 1886/1887)
Robert Hayes (born 6 June 1888 in Church Street, Cavan)
Sarah Mabel (born 25 July 1889 in Church Street, Cavan)
Anna Clara (twin, born 10 June 1891 in Church Street, Cavan)
Rebecca Amelia (twin, born 10 June 1891 in Church Street, Cavan)
Francis (Frank, born 14 May 1893 in Church Street, Cavan)
Martha Charlotte (born 6 August 1894 in Church Street, Cavan)
William Edwin (born 28 April 1897 in Church Street, Cavan)
Susan Olivia (Olive, born 16 December 1898 in Church Street, Cavan)
Meta Rubena (born 14 June 1902 in Church Street, Cavan)
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Frank Cinnamond worked as Assistant Accountant in the Newtownards Branch of the Ulster Bank. In 1916 he enlisted as a Cadet and went to the Front in April 1917.
Lieutenant Frank Cinnamond served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and after he was taken prisoner in April 1918 he was held in House I, Room 77, Officer Prisoner of War Camp, Graudenz, Poland. It was there that he died on 12 November 1918 although a month elapsed before his father received official confirmation that Frank had died.
Lieutenant Frank Cinnamond was 25 when he died, and he was buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery in Poland. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
THY WILL BE DONE
MATT. 6. 10
Lieutenant Frank Cinnamond is commemorated on the Ulster Bank War Memorial Plaque and in the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Book of Remembrance (Page 34).