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  • Photograph was published on 8th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Leapool, Nottingham
Frank was born at Leapool, Nottinghamshire, in March 1894, the son of Jim (Jem) and Mary Ancliff. His father was a collier. Although Jim was born in Nottinghamshire, his wife was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and at the start of their marriage they were living in Staffordshire. Jim and Mary had at least seven children; Jim (Jem), Mark, Mary A., Frank, Luke, Charles and Esther. All their children apart from Mark and Mary who were born in Litchfield, Staffordshire, were born in, or near, Arnold. In 1891 Jim and Mary were living at Ogley Hay, Staffordshire, where Jim was a coal miner. They had two sons, Jim (2) and Mark (1). By 1901 they were living at Derry Mount, Arnold, with their six children; Jim (12), who was a farm labourer, Mark (11), Mary (9), Frank (7), Luke (4), Charles (2) and Esther (4 months). At least two of Frank's brothers, Jim and Luke, also served during the Great War and survived the conflict. Jim, then 26 years old, joined the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Newark on 1 December 1914. He did not go to France until 27 February 1917 (wounded 30 March 1917) and was posted home on 6 October 1918, being discharged on 25 January 1919; total service 4 years 56 days. He married Emily Starbuck in 1909 and they had at least one child, Emily. The family was living at 5 Mile House, Arnold, and Jim was working as a filler at Bestwood Furnace when he enlisted in 1914. Jim died in 1960 aged 72. Luke, a collier at Gedling Colliery, also joined the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. He attested at Newark on 2 February 1915 when he was 18 years 9 months old and still living at the family home at Derry Mount. He rose to be a sergeant (306120). He died in 1956 aged 59. A third brother, Mark, may have served as a driver (64505) in the Royal Field Artillery, serving in France from 20 December 1914 but discharged on 19 September 1918.
12 Oct 1916
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He was living at Leapool when he enlisted in Hucknall.
Private
2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
He enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (22010) at the beginning of the war but later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He served in France from 30 July 1915 and was killed at the Battle of Le Transloy, one of the final engagements of the Battle of the Somme (from 1 July 1916); his battalion lost 10 officers and 300 other ranks. The date of Frank's death was presumed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial (Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Attestation papers, CWGC and other records relating to Frank, Jim, Mark and Luke, including 1891 Census and marriage/death indices, has surname as 'ANCLIFF'. Register of Soldiers' Effects: His mother, Mary, was his legatee.
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  • Photograph was published on 8th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Frank Ancliff - Photograph was published on 8th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918