Lance Corporal Frank Wilfred Thain

Date of Birth 18 January 1896
Age at Death 20
Date of Death 7 July 1916
Service Number 11045
Military Service 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
Merton Address 62 Graham Road
Local Memorial St. Andrew's Church, Wimbledon

Additional Information

Born on the 18th of January, 1896 to Samuel and Fanny Ellen Thain, Frank was baptised on the 9th of April at Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon.
His father worked as a farrier, and Frank was the youngest of 7 children (not counting two who were deceased by 1911), with older siblings Robert, Harry, William, and Mabel, and two more sisters who had already left the family home by the time of the 1901 census, when the family was living at 10 Church Road. In 1911, the family had perhaps downsized to a four room home at 62 Graham Road, as only Harry and Frank were still living at home. Frank was 15 at the time, and working as an errand boy for a fishmonger.

Frank, who is occasionally listed as Frederick in military records, enlisted on the 1st of April, 1916, as a private with the Royal Fusiliers, though he had risen to the rank of Lance Corporal by the time he was killed in action on the 7th of July, 1916, while serving near Thiepval, on the Somme.


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