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He was the son of Samuel Oakden, an electrical engineer in an iron foundry and Catherine Oakden who died during the summer of 1916 around the time Frank was killed. He was the brother of Tom (Rifleman, 11th Bn KRRC) who was killed in action one day before him (17/9/1916), William, Samuel, Kate, Mollie, Florence, Harry and Lily Oakden. The family lived at 76 Saville Street Hyson Green Nottingham in 1911 but later moved to 16 Bateman Street.
Frank worked as a lace maker.
18 Sep 1916
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7th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rfn. Frank Oakden, served with the 7th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. He landed in France on 19th May 1915 and died of wounds in No. 38 Casualty Clearing Station on 17th September 1916. [1] He is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe.To France 19 May 1915. [1]The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the date of death as the following day. 'Soldiers Died' gives it as 17th September 1916; unhelpfully, the register of the disposal of his personal effects is uncertain – 16th - 18th September 1916. The roll of the 1914/15 Star gives the date of death as 17th September 1916.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 30 September 1916: OAKDEN killed in action Frank and Tom Oakden, 16 Bateman Street, Hyson Green, sons of Samuel and the late Kathleen Oakden. In memoriam published 18th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “OAKDEN. – In loving memory of our dear sons, Private Tom Oakden, killed in action September 17th, 1916; also Frank, died of wounds September 17th, 1916, both of King's Royal Rifles. Deeply mourned. – From father, sisters, and brothers.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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