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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Normanton, Nottinghamshire
Frank was the second son of John and Annie Paling. John Paling (b. Halam) married Annie Gibson (b. Edingley) in 1890 (reg. Southwell). They had three sons, George b. 1890, Frank birth registered 1893 (J/F/M) and Albert Ernest b. 1896. In 1891, the year after their marriage, John and Annie were living at Cork Hill Farm ('Mr Johnson's') where John was a farm bailiff. Their first child, George, was 4 months old. Also living with them was John's father, Thomas Paling (62), an agricultural labourer. By 1901 they were living on Westhorpe, Southwell, with their sons George (10), Frank (8) and Albert Ernest (4). John (42) was a farmer. Also in the household was Joseph Cook (16), a farm servant. However, in 1911 the family was living at Constance Villa, Station Road, Southwell, and John was a boarding house proprietor. All three sons were still at home, George a carter at Merryweather's nursery, Frank a gardener at the same nursery and Albert a miller. There were two boarders in the household as well as a six-year old boy, Arthur Michael Boynton, who was John's nephew. Frank's brother, Albert, served in the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters) and died on 14 July 1916 in France of wounds received in action the previous day (Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery). Frank's father completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing his son's surviving blood relatives; he named himself and his wife and his surviving son George, all of Constance Villa, Station Road, Southwell, and two aunts, Mrs EM Powley and Mrs Lucy Foster, both of Southwell, and an uncle, Frank Paling, of Kirkby in Ashfield. The form was witnessed by Henry Merryweather, Norwood House, Southwell, for whom both Frank and his brother George had worked. Their father, John, died on 23 April 1932 and their mother, Annie, two years later on 17 August 1934. They were still living at Constance Villa, Station Road. The surviving son, George, was awarded probate of his mother's estate;
In 1911 he was a gardener at Merryweather's nursery and was still following this occupation when he enlisted in 1914.
12 Jun 1915
22
155472 - CWGC Website
2344
Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Frank enlisted in Newark on 8 September 1914 aged 21 years and 7 months, and embodied service counted from that date. He had served for 275 days when he was killed in action on 12 June 1915. He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Frank's brother, Albert, served in the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters) and died on 14 July 1916 in France of wounds received in action the previous day. Buried Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery. (See record on this Roll of Honour) CWGC headstone personal inscription 'Death is swallowed up in victory' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Frank's father was his legatee. Grave of George and Mary Gibson (maternal grandparents), Minster churchyard: the kerbstone has an inscription to their two grandsons, 'Frank Paling killed in action buried at Kemmel Belgium June 12th 1915 aged 22 years. Cpl AE Paling also killed in action buried at Warlingcourt France July 13th (sic) 1916 aged 20 years'.
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Frank Paling - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Grave of maternal grandparents (Gibson) with dedications to grandsons Frank and Albert, Minster churchyard, Southwell. Photograph Rachel Farrand (March 2017)
    Frank Paling - Grave of maternal grandparents (Gibson) with dedications to grandsons Frank and Albert, Minster churchyard, Southwell. Photograph Rachel Farrand (March 2017)