Walter Frederick Frankton
Service No. 21537
Private 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards
Killed in action 27th September 1915
Walter Frederick Frankton was born in Rugby in 1876 to George and Elizabeth (Betsy) Frankton, living at 7, Little Elborow Street, Rugby and was baptised 34th April 1881 at St. Matthews Church Rugby. He appears on the censuses for 1881, 1891, 1901 with his mother, father brother and sisters. He was at school in 1891 and by 1901 he is a labourer. He married Alice Maud Reynolds in 1904, and on the 1911 census they are living at 20 Lawford Road Rugby, with their two children Frederick, born 1906, and Maud born 1911. Frederick, as he seems to be called by the family, rather than Walter, is working as a grocers carman for UDCR. He was killed in action at Loos, his wife, Maud, and sisters, Sarah and Polly and once by his brother William, remembered him every year, in the memoriam column of the Rugby Advertiser.
“In loving memory of Private Frederick Frankton Grenadier Guards of Lawford Road killed 27th at Loos.
“Could we have raised his head or heard his last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard For those who loved him well
A light is from the household gone
A vacant place in our home which never shall be filled”
From loving wife, children and Mr. & Mrs Reynolds.” Rugby Advertiser 7th October 1916
“In loving Memory of our dear brother Private Frederick Frankton who was killed in action 28th September 1915. “ He sleeps not in his native land but ‘neath some foreign skies And far from those that loved him best In a hero’s grave he lies” From sisters Sarah and Polly and brother Will.” Rugby Advertiser 30th September 1916
He appears to have no known grave as his only memorial on panel 6 of the Loos Memorial.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM