FRANCIS HITCHCOCK DUKE 1893–1970
Photograph from Radcliffe on Trent Local History Society
Brother of Frederick H. Duke
Born 24th May 1893 in Nottingham
Baptised 22nd July 1894 St Matthias’ Church, Sneinton. Home address: 32 Crown Street
Married September 3rd 1924 to Lily Agatha Grace Beckett at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe
Died 5th November 1970, age 77
Known as Frank
Age 7 and living with father Joseph, 36, born in Somerset and working as an Asylum Attendant, mother Annie Mary born in Sneinton, Nottingham, 32, and brother Fred, 5. They lived at 32 Crown Street, Nottingham
Age seventeen employed as a clerk (printers supply). He lived with his family at Notts County Asylum, Saxondale, in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent. His father was Deputy Head Asylum Attendant, mother Annie Mary is shown on the census as attendant’s wife. His two brothers, Frederick, a clerk in the lace trade and Roland, five, at school, were also living with them.
Service Number: 508316
Military Unit: Royal Army Medical Corps
Theatres of War: Western Front (France and Flanders; Italy); Balkans. Date of entry unknown.
Date of enlistment: 1 October 1914
Medical category ‘A’
He served with the 1st City of London Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps in Malta, Salonika, Italy and France.
September 1916 first malaria attack
October 1919 last malaria attack but had numerous relapses and incapacity of 3 days. Often had a slightly enlarged and tender heart. Later medical reports recorded further shivering attacks.
Pension awarded of 12 shillings (60p) per week until 9th September 1920 due to malaria, reducing to 8 shillings (40p) from 10.11.20 to 8.11.21 (20% disability). He received a final allowance of 7 shillings and 6 pence per week (37p) for 70 weeks from 9.11.21
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory. Received Silver War Badge no B301887
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Notts. County Asylum, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: Notts County Asylum
Employment: printing, traveller for Bonaventure Press of Northampton
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Sydney Grove, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: No. 17 Council Houses, Cliff Crescent, Radcliffe on Trent
Occupation: Newspaper advertising
Household: living with wife Agatha Grace.
He served with the Auxiliary Fire Service during WWII. His wife, Lily Grace Beckett, was living at Rockley Villas, Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent (1911 Census) with her grandfather John Holland before they were married.
Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived and worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent