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  • ID: I5432
  • Name: Henry Cecil Franks
  • Prefix: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Suffix: MC
  • Title: MC
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 OCT 1897
  • Death: 16 FEB 1955 in Shepton Mallet Cottage Hospital
  • Burial: Osmington Parish Church, Dorset
  • Note:
    Educated at Manchester Grammar School.

    Served in the First World War where he received the Military Cross.

    The citation in the London Gazette, 22nd April 1918, pg 4825, is as follows:
    T./2nd Lt. Henry Cecil Franks, Lanc. Fus.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion
    to duty. During a raid on the enemy
    posts, although wounded in the knee shortly
    after leaving the assembly point, he went
    forward, displaying a fine soldierly spirit,
    and inspiring his men with confidence. Exposed
    to heavy shell and machine-gun fire,
    he showed an entire disregard for his own
    safety throughout the operation, and remained
    behind until the entire party had

    His military service record is at the National Archives, Kew, Ref WO 374/25562 where the following is taken from:

    12.06.1915 - Enrolled in 20 Royal Fusiliers as a Private, aged 19 years.
    Next of Kin: Mother, Clara Franks, Hazlewood, Garden Road, Prestwich.
    Can Ride: Yes
    Medical Category: C1
    Former Occupation: Bank Clerk, and also a theology student prior to war.

    14.11.1915 - Embarked to France

    26.07.1916 - Appointed Lt Corporal

    26.09.1916 to 5.10.1916 - Leave to England

    23.03.1917 - Transferred to England.

    07.06.1917 - Proceed to join No 2 OCB (Officer Cadet Battalion), Pembroke College, Cambridge.

    25.09.1917 - Discharged from Royal Fusiliers as received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers.

    Military History Summary on discharge from Royal Fusiliers:
    France: 12.06.1915 - 13.11.1915
    BE Force: 14.11.1915 - 23.03.1917
    Home: 24.03.1917 - 25.09.1917

    Medals: 1914-15 Star
    BW&V Medal

    16.10.1917 - London Gazette - appointed Second Lieutenant, Lancashire Fusiliers.

    11.02.1918 - Severely wounded in action, near Ypres.

    05.03.1918 - Hospital, Liverpool

    Following is a transcript of a handwritten letter:

    Savoy Convalescent Hospital, Blackpool.

    To the Secretary, War Office, London
    2nd Lieut H.C. Franks
    18 Bn Lancs Fusiliers.
    I beg to make application for a wound gratuity, in respect of severe wound received in action on February 11th 1918, near Ypres and with which I am still incapacitated.
    I have the honor to be
    your obedient servant
    H.C. Franks
    2nd Lieut

    He was discharged from the army on 11th June 1919.
    Regimental No 20th Royal Fusiliers: 7838
    Regimental No 18th Lancashire Fusiliers: PS 7873

    He subsequently became a vicar and married Dorothy Ogden. They did not have any children.

    Military Cross Web Ref:

    Henry Cecil Franks with Mary Bridge and Dorothy Franks

    Henry Cecil Franks biography including war service record

  • Change Date: 5 JAN 2017 at 20:06:59

    Father: Henry John Franks b: 1856
    Mother: Clara (Franks) b: 1856

    Marriage 1 Dorothy Ogden b: 16 DEC 1892 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England

      1. Title: Service record of H.C. Franks, Ref: WO 374/25562, National Archives.
        Abbrev: Service record of H.C. Franks, Ref: WO 374/25562, National Archives.
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