Private Edward J. Franklin Service No. S/276
Regiment Rifle Brigade
Date of Death 13th April 1916
Grave/Memorial Reference VI. B. 18
Cemetery Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium
Edward Joseph Franklin was born at the beginning of 1895 at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Rugby. His parents were Francis and Fannie Franklin. On the 1901 census he is six years old and living with his family at Lilbourne Road, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore. His father, Francis, was a Police Constable. Also on this census Edward has two sisters Mabel Olive and Iris Lillian. By the time of the 1911 census Edward has two brothers James Leslie and Gerald Clifton, and a sister Nellie. The boys are at school and the girls are apprentice dressmakers. Edward is not with his family on this census, but is working as a footman at Rugby School, 3 Barby Road Rugby and is aged 16 years. His family are living at 4 Craven Road Rugby and at the time of Edward’s death the family are residing at 53 Craven Road Rugby.
Before he enlisted Edward was working in the Winding Department of BTH.
He served as a Private with The Rifle Brigade, The Prince’s Own 10th Battalion. Edward died of wounds 13th April 1916 aged 21 years, and he is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, west Vlaaderek, Belgium. His gravestone is inscribed
“DEARLY LOVED SON OF
FRANCIS & FANNY FRANKLIN
OF RUGBY ”
Edward’s name appears in the Army Effects Registry, Record No. 283729 dated August 1916, giving authorisation to pay £8 4s 9d to sole legatee Fannie (the name of his mother) as he was unmarried. The date of the Authority was 7th August 1916.
Edward is also listed on the BTH War Memorial.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM