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Beeston Nottingham
Francis (Frank) was the only son of Francis (Frank) and Ann Hazzledine (nee Blackwell). Francis was born in Beeston, Nottingham, and Ann in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. They were married in 1895 (marriage registered O/N/D Basford) and had two children, Annie Elizabeth (Annie Eliza) b. 1896 (A/M/J Basford) and Francis b. 1897 (O/N/D Basford). Francis senior completed the 1911 Census with the information that he and Ann had had three children but it seems likely that Francis included Gerty M Blackwell (Hazzledine) who was described on the 1911 Census as an adopted daughter. In 1901 Frank (26), a railway labourer, and Ann (25) were living at 7 Salisbury Street, Beeston, with their two children, Annie Eliza (5) and Frank (3). By 1911 the family was living at 101 Humber Road, Beeston. Annie (15) was working for a surgical appliance company and Frank (13) was an errand boy at a lace factory. Also in the household was the adopted daughter, Gerty M. (6), and Ann's widowed mother, Ann Blackwell (72, b. Tewkesbury). Gerty has not yet been traced after 1911. The CWGC record gives Frank and Ann's address as Leopold Cottages, 59 Humber Road, Beeston. Frank died on 13 August 1937, the Probate record gave his address as 101 Humber Road, Beeston. His widow died twenty years later on 1 June 1957, her address was given on the Probate record as 106 Prestwold Road, Leicester. Frank's sister, Annie Elizabeth, married Thomas W Cockerill in 1919 (A/M/J Basford). Thomas died aged 60 in 1952 (March Basford) and Annie over thirty years later in 1983 (December Nottingham) aged 87. Frank's uncle (his father's brother), George Hazzledine (265922 Private 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters), was killed in France on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme (Thiepval Memorial). He left a wife and young child. He is also commemorated on the Beeston St John memorial.
In 1911 he was an errand boy in a lace factory.
16 Oct 1917
156315 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
Royal Field Artillery
'C' Battery, 102nd Brigade. He enlisted in September 1915 and served in France from June the following year. After returning to the front line following illness, Frank was part of a team of gunners positioned in a gun pit on Tuesday 15th October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. The position was struck by an enemy shell and Frank died instantly. His body was brought down to the wagon line and later buried in Huts Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, some five miles from the front (grave ref. XIII.A.16.). On either side of his grave are two officers of his battery who were killed the day before.
See also: www.beeston-notts.co.uk/ww1_hazzledine.shtml Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His father was his legatee. Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'An only boy his parents pride & joy'. Inscription on family gravestone, Beeston Cemetery: ‘In loving memory of Gunner F Hazzledine killed Ypres Oct. 14th 1917. Also Francis Hazzledine father of the above passed away Aug. 13th 1932. Also his beloved wife Ann Hazzledine died June 1st 1957 aged 82 years. Also their daughter Annie Cockerill, Oct. 26th 1983, aged 87 years.’ Probate: Hazzledine Francis of 101 Humber-road Beeston Nottinghamshire died 13 August 1937 Administration (with Will) Nottingham 8 October to Ann Hazzledine widow. Effects £249 13s. 2d. Probate: Hazzledine Ann of 106 Prestwold-road Leicester widow died 1 June 1957 Probate Nottingham 31 July to Annie Elizabeth Cockerill widow. Effects £1663 10s. 5d.
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  • Family grave, Beeston Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2017)
    Francis Hazzledine - Family grave, Beeston Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2017)