FRANK PEPPER 1899–1977

Royal navy

Born: 13th March 1899, Radcliffe on Trent

Married: 1921 to Amy Bowler in Reading

Daughters Elsie born 25.11.1922, Eileen born 1.2.1928, son Ernest born 1930.

Died: 1977, age 78, Nottingham.

1901 Census

Age 2 living at Sheldons Cottages in Cotgrave with widowed mother, Agnes née Geeson, brothers Charles 10, and George 8 months, and sister Rebecca 4. Father John H died 1900.

1911 Census

Age 12 living at The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, with mother, Agnes, sister, Rebecca, a day girl (domestic), brothers Charles, a sports outfitter and George.

Military Service

Rank: Able Seaman

Service Number: Bristol  B.Z/4487

Military Unit: Hood Battalion, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 25.10.15

Date of birth given on enlistment 13.3.97 (actual d.o.b.1899). Age 16

Occupation: carter. Height 5ft 6ins, chest 37 ins, dark complexion, hair brown, eyes brown. Religion: Church of England

Next of Kin: Agnes Pepper

5.11.15: Attached to 5th Battalion

30.12.15: Drafted from 5th Battalion to 7th Reserve Battalion, Blandford

16.5.16: Transferred to 2nd Res. Battalion

29.6.16: Transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion Blandford Camp

11.12.17: Returned from military hospital at Blandford

2.4.18: Transferred to Hood Battalion

21.6.18: Rouen, diagnosed with influenza, required field ambulance.

30.6.18: Invalided to UK

3.7.18: Reading hospital

22.7.18: Rejoined unit, Aldershot

Article: The influenza pandemic and its impact on Radcliffe on Trent

13.11.18: Absent, 19th brought back by escort. 120 days detention

Returned to France

10.3.19: Returned to UK to be demobilised

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory. (UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls 1795-1972)

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Home address: The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

1921 Census

Address: 131 Belmont Road, Reading

Employment: labourer, Messrs Jackson Scrap Iron and Metal Merchants

Household: wife Amy born India and mother in law Annie Bowler

1939 register

Address: 120 Curzon Street, Carlton, Notts.

Employment: London North Eastern Railway shunter

Household: living with wife Amy born 23.5.1903, a shopkeeper, daughters Eileen and Elsie, a printer’s assistant at Boots Chemists and Amy’s mother Annie Bowler. One redacted record presumably Ernest.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent with mother and siblings.