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 Frank Povey

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Frank Povey

Birth
Reading Borough, Berkshire, England
Death
22 Feb 2001 (aged 82)
Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial
Grant, Grayson County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
29814851 View Source

Retired international representative of the World Bank to Nigeria and other countries.

Frank served in the British Army during WWII as an explosives expert in the North Africa Campaign. Frank was assigned as the 3rd technician to investigate the British Army's rare problem with anti-tank ammunition from America jamming in the British tank destroyers. His investigation was given the mandate to follow the ammo trail from manufacture to the field. Frank's trail began in Detroit where he measured several thousand rounds without finding any variation. The ammo was shipped by rail to Philadelphia where it was loaded on a merchant marine ship. That ship was part of a supply convoy across the Atlantic, but while at sea broke down and was left behind, alone in the Atlantic for 3 days while the ship's mechanics labored to repair the ship. During that time the ship was buffeted by rough seas. Throughout the trip, at every stop, Frank took many measurements of the ammo as he was ordered. While at sea, Frank finally found 'out of spec' rounds of ammo that had been poorly packed and whose crates were repeatedly slammed against the ship's steel cargo hold walls in the rough seas that caused the projectiles to be ever so slightly jammed farther back in the brass cases, causing them to bulge ever so slightly and thus causing the rounds to jam in the gun barrels during combat with Rommel's North Afrika Corps. His findings were reported to British officials who contacted the manufacturer and later shipments were better packed which alleviated the problem. Mission complete, Frank sought to leave the theater of war, was able to barter his case of whiskey, one bottle at a time to get him to Miami, Florida, where he received a train ticket to get him to Washington, DC where he worked with other British soldiers through the end of the war.

An avid photographer and gardener, local Boy Scout merit badge councilor in Northern Virginia, Troop 628 (Arlington County, Virginia) committee member.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lucy Irene, nee: Blevins, whom he met while in Philadelphia, PA and married on 3oct1943 while working as a liaison for the British Army to US manufacturers of munitions for British weapons during WWII. 'Irene' had been transferred from the partially built Pentagon to aid her War Department office coordinate munitions manufacturing efforts for both US and British needs. He is survived by their only child, Colin Frank Povey and his wife Marie, of Clearwater, Florida.

Retired international representative of the World Bank to Nigeria and other countries.

Frank served in the British Army during WWII as an explosives expert in the North Africa Campaign. Frank was assigned as the 3rd technician to investigate the British Army's rare problem with anti-tank ammunition from America jamming in the British tank destroyers. His investigation was given the mandate to follow the ammo trail from manufacture to the field. Frank's trail began in Detroit where he measured several thousand rounds without finding any variation. The ammo was shipped by rail to Philadelphia where it was loaded on a merchant marine ship. That ship was part of a supply convoy across the Atlantic, but while at sea broke down and was left behind, alone in the Atlantic for 3 days while the ship's mechanics labored to repair the ship. During that time the ship was buffeted by rough seas. Throughout the trip, at every stop, Frank took many measurements of the ammo as he was ordered. While at sea, Frank finally found 'out of spec' rounds of ammo that had been poorly packed and whose crates were repeatedly slammed against the ship's steel cargo hold walls in the rough seas that caused the projectiles to be ever so slightly jammed farther back in the brass cases, causing them to bulge ever so slightly and thus causing the rounds to jam in the gun barrels during combat with Rommel's North Afrika Corps. His findings were reported to British officials who contacted the manufacturer and later shipments were better packed which alleviated the problem. Mission complete, Frank sought to leave the theater of war, was able to barter his case of whiskey, one bottle at a time to get him to Miami, Florida, where he received a train ticket to get him to Washington, DC where he worked with other British soldiers through the end of the war.

An avid photographer and gardener, local Boy Scout merit badge councilor in Northern Virginia, Troop 628 (Arlington County, Virginia) committee member.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lucy Irene, nee: Blevins, whom he met while in Philadelphia, PA and married on 3oct1943 while working as a liaison for the British Army to US manufacturers of munitions for British weapons during WWII. 'Irene' had been transferred from the partially built Pentagon to aid her War Department office coordinate munitions manufacturing efforts for both US and British needs. He is survived by their only child, Colin Frank Povey and his wife Marie, of Clearwater, Florida.


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  • Maintained by: Gathering Roots
  • Originally Created by: E49
  • Added: 15 Sep 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 29814851
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29814851/frank-povey: accessed ), memorial page for Frank Povey (8 Sep 1918–22 Feb 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29814851, citing Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Grant, Grayson County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Gathering Roots (contributor 47213048).