Frank Stewart Ramsay was Born on the 20th February 1901 at Devonport, son of Ernest James Ramsay (Marine Engine Maker) and Alice Ramsay (nee Primmer).
He joined the Worcestershire Regiment from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in July 1920. After a period of service with the 4th and 2nd Battalions in Germany and Ireland, he went out to the Iraq Levies, where he spent five years, being awarded King Feisal's Iraq medal for his service—an unusual medal for an Army Officer.
On leaving Iraq, Lieut.-Colonel Ramsay joined the 1st Battalion in India.
From 1931 to 1934 he was Adjutant of the Regimental Depot at Norton Barracks, Worcester.
On the 2nd October 1934 he was promoted to rank of Captain.
From 1935 to 1940 he was Adjutant of the 8th Battalion and went with them to France as part of the B.E.F. in January 1940. He had the misfortune to be taken Prisoner of War while commanding "B" Company, at the village of Bambecque, in the latter stages of the Retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.
For the next 5 years he was a Prisoner of War in Germany and finally ended his time there at Oflag 9A/H (Spangenberg-Kassel, Hessen-Nassau).
On the 1st August 1938 he was promoted to rank of Major.