Agnes Mary Fransham.

Date of birth:              1884Poppies

Place of birth:             Botley, Hedge End, Southampton

Died:                                16th March 1918  aged 37 years

Death Location:           Reading District, Berkshire

Life before the War

Agnes was born in Botley, Hedge End, Southampton in 1884. Her parents were Daniel Albion Manning Fransham and Jane Elizabeth, nee Noble, who married on 21 October 1875 in Islington London. At the time of marriage Daniel was a Seaman. Daniel was born in Mildenhall, Suffolk in 1848, Jane was born Longskalton, Suffolk.

Agnes’s brother Daniel Percy was also born in Botley in 1877, whilst her brothers Ernest born 1881 and Lester George born 1879 were born in Failsworth, Lancashire.

In 1881 census Daniel (transcribed as David), wife Jane and children Percy Daniel (aka Daniel) and Lester were living at Church Road, Failsworth, Lancashire. Daniel senior was a Railway Porter.

In 1891 the census shows Daniel with wife Jane and children Daniel, Ernest and Agnes, along with Daniel’s mother Lydia, living at Church Road, Botley, Hedge End, Southampton. Daniel’s occupation was Quarter Master for the Royal Mail Service.

By 1901 Daniel (Fransham transcribed as Franchaw) had remarried to Louisa, nee Spring, in 1895 and who was born 1849 in the district of Christchurch, Hampshire. His wife Jane had died in 1892. They are living at 14 Nelson Road Shirley Southampton. Daniel’s occupation was House Decorator/Painter.

Daniel’s daughter Agnes, together with her brother Lester, were living with their aunt and uncle, John Dan and Mary S Cooper at Camperville, Curdridge, Hampshire. In 1901. It shows that Lester was born in Chobham, Surrey . Lester is a painter working for his uncle who has his own account.

Agnes’s brother Ernest joined the Royal Navy. In 1901 he was a Stoker based in Portsmouth. He was living with his wife Emily. In 1911, he was a Stoker Petty Officer based at Fort Blockhurst, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire.

Agnes’s father left a probate “Daniel Maning Albion Fransham of 46 Newcombe Road, The Polygon, Southampton died 8 September 1923. Probate Winchester 22 May 1926 to Herbert Southwell, baker. Effects £60”

War Service

Agnes attended the School of Military Aeronautics (Reading) part of the UK’s Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (1917–1918), later named Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (1918–1920). Over 57,000 women served between January 1917 and November 1918.agnes franshom

Agnes died on 16 March 1918 age 37 and is Remembered with Honour at Reading Cemetery.
The War Graves Plot is situated at the back of the cemetery. A screen wall commemorates
those buried in Plot 72 and those buried in other parts of the cemetery whose graves are not
marked by headstones.

She was entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

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Researched completed by B/L 2013.

 

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