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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Frank was born in 1880 the son of Isaac a carter and Ann Armstrong, (née Thompson) of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. His siblings were Isaac, Ann, Harriett and Edith. In 1881 the family was living at Wood Court, Mansfield. On 24th July 1882 his father appeared at the Nottingham Court and found guilty of sheep stealing and sentenced to five years imprisonment. This was his sixteenth conviction in the previous 5 years. The imprisonment seems to have led to the family falling on hard times. In 1891 Isaac was again in jail, Dartmoor this time. His two children Ann and Frank were in the Mansfield Union Workhouse. By the 1901 Census , Isaac had died leaving Ann and Edith to live in Bancroft Lane Mansfield. In 1911 Ann was living with her married daughter Ann Burton at 6 Victoria Terrace Brick Yard Mansfield. No trace can be found of Frank on any census after 1891 so it would appear that he may have joined the army to escape his desperate home background.
20 May 1917
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168566 - CWGC Website
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Barrow in Furness, Lancashire
Sapper
Royal Engineers
Frank originally served (3/7390) with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) and then with the 184th Tunneling Company of the Royal Engineers. He first entered the Western Front theatre of war on 24th February 1915 and died of wounds on 20th May 1917( A note on his MIC states the Hon Sec of the British Legion in Barrow in Furness applied for his medals on 26th September 1922).
He is buried at Duisans British Cemetery Grave Reference: III N 18
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Frank Armstrong - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle