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29 Jan 1889
Frank was probably the son of Joshua Saxton and his wife Elizabeth nee Shaw who were married in 1882 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had at least four children: Albert b. abt. 1884, Harry b. abt 1885, Frank b. 29 January 1889 and Kate birth registered 1890 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1891 Joshua (35) a fitter, and Elizabeth (30) were living at 21 Vernon Road, Radford, with their children Albert (7), Harry (6), Frank (3) and Kate (1). By 1901 the family was living at 19 Fisher Street, Sneinton. Joshua and Elizabeth's three youngest children were still living at home; Harry (16) was a wood turner while Frank (13) and Kate (11) were still at school. Their mother Elizabeth died in December 1903 (burial 29 December) and their father Joshua married Bertha Maria Crowdell the following year (1904 J/A/S Nottingham). In 1911 Joshua (54) and Bertha (30 b. Leicestershire), were living on Carver Street, Hyson Green with their children Maud (5), William (3) and Bertha Elizabeth (3 months). Albert and Kate have not yet been traced on the 1911 Census, but Harry (26), a Leivers draughtsman, was living with his aunt, Annie L Astle (47) at 17 Brushfield Street, Nottingham. Frank had married Lily Gibben in 1910 (A/M/J Nottingham); she was born in 1889 (O/N/D Basford), the daughter of Jabez and Mary Gibbens. In 1911 Frank (23) and Lily (21) were living at Cantal Terrace, Archer Street, Hyson Green. At the time of Frank's death in 1918 they were living at 9 Aston Terrace, Hyson Green, Nottingham. There is a record of a Lily Saxton marrying Arthur Allcock in 1922 (O/N/D Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a lacehand threader
10 Aug 1918
3046687 - CWGC Website
Bristol Z/5372 (Dev)
Able Seaman
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
He was serving in SS Tatarrax at the time of his death. SS Tattarax was a British tanker 6,216 tons, built by Scotts’ Shipbuilding & Engineering co Ltd Greenock in 1914 and owned at time of her loss by Standard Transportation Co Ltd Hong Kong. She was sunk by UC-34 (Hans Schuler) off Rosetta on 10 August while on passage from Port Said via Alexandria to France with a cargo of spirit. Sixty-one of Tattarex's crew were lost. Saxton's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, 15 August 1918: ‘Saxton. On August 10th at sea, AB Gnr Frank, dearly beloved husband of Lily Saxton, John-street, New Basford, son-in-law of Jabez E and the late MA Gibbens, also in action with the Robin Hoods 1915.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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