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Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
In 1901 the family were living in Almos Cottages Hermitage Road Whitwick. Father’s occupation was coal miner (hewer). In 1911he lived with his uncle’s family at 27 Fifth Avenue Forest Town Mansfield.
He was a pit pony driver.
09 Sep 1917
139128 - CWGC Website
The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
10th Bn He enlisted 17 Aug 1914 at Mansfield into Sherwood Foresters No.12597. He was formerly employed at Mansfield Colliery. His father was living in Shepshed Leicestershire at the time of Frank's death. He moved to the Royal West Kents in May or June 1916 and went overseas with them. The Royal West Kents were in action around Hollebeke Church around this date. The absence of a 1914/15 Star medal means that he didn’t go overseas before 31/12/1915. His medals, death plaque and photo are grouped in a frame in The Carillion, Queens Park Loughborough.
Buried at Poperinghe Military Cemetery. From Shepshed Almanac 1920 p128 “Mr.Thomas Commons, Loughborough Road, Received information on August 14th, from the nurse-in-charge of a hospital in France, that his second son, Sergt. Frank Commons, Royal West Kent Rgt, had died on Aug 9th. This NCO was only 21, and joined up on August 17th, 1914, at Mansfield, where he was employed at Mansfield Colliery.” Research by Philip Thorne
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