Leslie is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 10th January 1889, Ipswich.

Died: 30th July 1916; age: 26; died as a Prisoner of War, at Minden, Germany, from wounds received on the 1st July 1916.

Residence: ‘Sarnia’ The Grove, Coulsdon, Surrey.

Occupation: a Clerk.

Date of Entry Therein: 2nd February 1916.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 4882.

Regiment: London Regiment (Queen Victoria Rifles), 9th Battalion, ‘B’ Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Hamburg Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Henry & Kathleen May Franks, of Ipswich.




1891   Avenue Place, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich.


Leslie was a year old and living with his parents, brother & paternal grandparents.

William Henry Franks, 31, a Cashier – Bank, born Harwich, Essex.

Kathleen May Franks (nee Coleman), 32, born Clapham, Surrey.

Neville Coleman Franks, 2, born Ipswich.

James Richard Franks, 62, a retired Bank Manager, born Ipswich.

Louisa Maria Franks (nee Lee), 60, born London.

1 general domestic servant.


1901   Bank House, Orwell Road, Walton, Suffolk.


Leslie was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 40. a Bank Manager.

Kathleen, 40.

Neville, 12.

Inez Muriel Franks, 9, born Ipswich.

Rolland Sutton Franks, 6, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1911   Sarnia, The Grove, Coulsdon, Surrey.


Leslie was 21 years old, a Ship Broker’s Clerk. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 51, living on Private Means.

Kathleen, 52.

Neville, 22, a Bank Clerk.

Inez, 19.

Rolland, 16, a General Merchant’s Clerk.

1 general domestic servant.


Leslie was educated at Woodbridge School, Suffolk.


Leslie’s father, William Henry Franks died 1913, Coulsdon, Surrey.


Leslie’s brother, Rolland Sutton Franks, also lost his life during the First World War, when he was KiA 12th October 1917, aged 22. Rolland enlisted from the London branch of the Union Bank. He was ranked a Second Lieutenant, for the East Surrey Regiment, 8th Battalion – attached to the 1st Battalion. Rolland is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Image courtesy of Christ’s Hospital.


Soldiers’ Effects to Kathleen M. Franks – mother.

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