Image and extra information courtesy of Steve Fraser.


Not remembered on Christchurch Park Memorial.


images from the 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Born: 17th October 1886, Hampton Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 28th July 1916; age: 29; Died of Wounds – gun shot wounds.

Residence: Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Occupation: House Painter.

Enlistment Location: Cardiff, South Wales.

Date of Entry Therein: 18th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 14384.

Regiment: Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War and 1915 Star + Military Medal – for bravery in the field – 8th July 1916.


Grave Reference:


Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension,





1891   Pembridge Villas, 40, Hampton Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Frank was 4 years old and living with his parents, sisters and widowed, maternal grandmother.

Sarnder Augustus Markin, 30, a Horticultural Builder, born Middleton, Suffolk.

Emily Elizabeth Markin (nee Durrant), 39, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Markin, 3, born Ipswich.

Edith Ellen Markin, 1, born Ipswich.

Emily Durrant, 63, born Ipswich.


1901   The Children’s Home, Orphanage & Refuge, Edgeworth, Lancashire.


Frank was 14 years old, he was an Inmate – Bereaved & Destitute at the Children’s Home. He was working as a House Boy.


1911   14, Bosworth Road, Skewen, West Glamorgan, Wales.


Frank was 24 years old, a House Painter – Building. He was married and Head of the Household.

Lily, 25.

Emily, 4.

William, 1.


Frank’s father, Sarnder Augustus Markin, a Builder, died August 1893, Ipswich.


Frank attended Bramford Road Boys School, Ipswich, and was a member of the Wesleyan Sunday School, at Bramford Road, Ipswich.


After the death of his father, Frank’s mother was left with little choice then to approach the National Children’s Home for help. Frank’s application, number 3370, was received on the 29th January 1894.

On the 14th August 1894, Frank was admitted to the National Children’s Home, he was 7 years old. Two days later, Frank arrived at the National Children’s Home, Seaside Branch, Ramsey, Isle of Man.

At 8 years old, he was described as a good tempered and bright little boy, healthy and active.

On the 1st Febraury 1905, at the age of 18, Frank left the Edgeworth Children’s Home, Bolton, Lancashire.

Family Note:

Frank’s father died when he was only 7 years old and he was the eldest of 5 children. His mother was then destitute and it must have been heartbreaking to approach the National Children’s Home to take him when he was only that age. It is not clear as to how many times she saw her son after that time but it couldn’t have been often.


On the 19th May 1906, at Neath, Glamorganshire, Frank married Lily Worth, born June 1885, Priory Filton, Devon. They had 4 children:

Emily Jane Markin, born March 1907, Neath.

William John Markin, born 1909, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Gertrude Edith May Markin, born July 1911, Neath.

Horace James Worth Markin, born 1916, Neath.


In April 1917, Mrs. Emily Wenham, of 35, Salisbury Road, Ipswich received from the War Office, the Military Medal, won by her son, for bravery in the field, on the 8th July 1916.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs Emily Wenham – mother.


Probate to Emily Elizabeth Wenham (wife of George Frederick William Wenham) of 35, Salisbury Road, Ipswich.

Frank is also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.

9th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Cardiff on 9 September 1914 as part of K2 and moved to Salisbury Plain, came under orders of 58th Brigade in 19th (Western) Division. billets in Basingstoke in November 1914. Moved to Weston super mare in January 1915 and on to Perham Down in May 1915.
Landed at Boulogne mid July 1915.

Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion


  • Great to find this website and very proud to hear of Frank Augustus Markin, my 2nd cousin twice removed. His grandfather Benjamin Durrant is the younger brother of my maternal great-great-grandmother Esther Durrant 1833-1921.

    • Hello Sidney, Greetings, I have only just become aware of my uncle Frank Markin after finding by coincidence a very old press cutting. My grandmother was his sister Edith Ellen Markin who married Jack Cracknell who was another soldier. I have since come across a letter from from Frank to Edith written from the Somme.

      • Hi John, would it be possible to see a copy of that letter and the press cutting? I have sent you an email. I have letters written by Frank’s mother that may be of interest.
        Thanks, Steve.

      • Hi John: Like Stephen, I would also love to see a copy of that letter written by Frank. What a find that was.

      • Hello John
        Ive just been looking on the internet for info on Frank Markin and found your post, Frank was my great grandfather and I would love to see a copy of the letter you referred to. Could you send me a copy if possible please.


  • My father was William john Markin .Frank Augustus Markin
    Was my grandfather ,my elder brother also Frank Markin has grandads medals including the military medal.regards to any distant relatives out there Chris Markin ps it would be nice to have names to the photos

  • Hi John: Is there any chance you could e-mail me a copy of the letter written by Frank Markin to his sister Edith? What a great piece of History that is!! I would love to see it!!


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