|Date of birth:||22nd April 1893|
|Place of birth:||Portsmouth|
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|Rank:||Leading Mechanic F / 7|
|Service:||Royal Naval Air Service|
|Died:||17th March 1916 aged 22 years|
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Life before the War
Frank was the youngest of 3 siblings born to John Henry and Emily Charlotte, nee Aylward. John was born in Leeds in 1865, Emily in Portsmouth in 1862. They married in Portsmouth in 1884. Emily died in Southampton in 1933 and John died in the city on 17th January 1937; he left £78 11s 10d to his daughter Ethel.
Frank’s two older sisters were:
Ada Mary b.1885 Portsmouth and d.1978 Isle of Wight.
Married Austin Grist in Wandsworth in 1910. They had a daughter and a son born 13 years apart.
Ethel Muriel b.1891 Portsmouth and d 1963 Gosport.
Married Walter A Martin in Portsmouth in 1949.
It is not known when the family moved to Southampton but Frank was a pupil at Taunton’s School from 1906 to 1908.
At the outbreak of war Frank enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service. After training he was assigned to RN Air Station East Fortune in East Lothian, Scotland.
On 17th March 1916 Frank was aboard a plane observing a bomb-dropping test. With no warning the plane nosedived to the ground from 200 feet; both Frank and the pilot were killed instantly.
Frank is buried in Hollybrook Cemetery (K.8.280).
Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll
Time at Taunton’s School: 1906 – 1908
Education & Employment: Frank was born on 22nd April 1893 in Portsmouth. A quiet, unpretentious pupil while at Taunton’s, after leving school he entered the electrical engineering profession. He worked as a fitter for a lift engineering company in London.
Life during the War: Frank worked as a leading mechanic for the Royal Naval Air Service during the war. While at the East Fortune Air station, he was a board a plane observing a bomb dropping test when at a height of 200 feet the aeroplane began to nose dive. Both he and the pilot were killed instantly. He was remembered by comrades as a man of a light-hearted and gentle disposition, which earned him the affection of many. He is buried in Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton.
Frank died on 17th March 1916 aged 22 years.
|Published:||9th June 1915|
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