Project Description

ERNEST TOM FRANKLIN 1886–1953

 Royal navy

Born May 28th 1886 in Pontesbury, Shropshire

Married 1922 to Mabel Lucas

Died 1953, Leicester

1891 Census

Age 4 living with father Philip 44 a gardener, mother Hannah 44, brother Philip 15 an assistant and sister Sarah 11 at school.  They lived in Pontesbury, Shropshire.

1901 Census

Age 14 working on a farm and living with father Philip a banksman at the pit and mother Hannah.  They are still living in Pontesbury, Shropshire.

1911 Census

Age 24 employed as a gardener and living with parents Philip and Hannah.  They had 8 children but only 4 survived.  They lived in a 4 roomed house at 6 Plealey Cottages, Pontesford, Shropshire.

Military Service

Rank: Able Seaman, previously Ordinary Seaman

Military Unit: 4th (Collingwood) Battalion, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division

Service No: Z/4745

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Enlisted: 22 November 1915

Address: West End Villas, Radcliffe on Trent. Occupation: Wheelwright. Height 5ft 9ins, complexion fair, hair dark brown, eyes grey. Religion: Church of England. Next of kin: Father, Philip Franklin, Ford, Nr Shrewsbury.

4.12.15: Attached to 4th battalion

7.3.16: Drafted from Sea Service Company (545 MT) to Portsmouth.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

1922 Electoral Register

Notts. County Asylum, Saxondale, Notts.

Other information

Ernest Franklin was one of 66 staff dismissed from Notts County Asylum in April 1922 following a strike by nurses, male attendants and kitchen staff. The strike was called by the National Union of Asylum Workers after the hospital committee demanded that the staff accepted an increase in hours from sixty to sixty six per week to be achieved by them forfeiting one day’s leave per fortnight. Staff were told that failure to accept this agreement to work longer hours would result in instant dismissal.

From the 1939 Register

Address: The Cottage, Kirkby Road, Sutton in Ashfield

Occupation: gardener

Air Raid Precautions warden

Household: living with wife Mabel born 15.4.1895

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.