Frank Faircloth

Private 201449, 2nd/4th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formally 4131, Royal West Kent Regiment. Enlisted Tonbridge , Kent. Died of Wounds 9th May 1917 aged 30. Buried in the Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel .

Born Leigh , Kent. Baptised on 10th October 1886 at St Mary’s Leigh. Third son of Harry J and Alice Faircloth of Ivy House, Leigh. The census 0f 1901 show a family of six sons and two daughters. The Father of the family is shown as a wheelwright and carpenter.

The Courier, 15 JUNE 1917

Leigh, Pte. F. Faircloth Killed

Mr and Mrs Faircloth, of Ivy House, Leigh, have been notified by the War Office of the death of their third son, Private Frank Faircloth, who has died from wounds received in action. Deceased joined the Royal West Kents, and was drafted to Egypt in July 1916. After crossing the dessert he took part in two serious engagements with the Turks, and lost his life on May 9th.

Leigh, Corpl. R. Faircloth Wounded</h3

Mr and Mrs Faircloth have also been informed by the War Office that their sixth son, Corporal Ray Faircloth of the Royal West Kents, has been wounded, and is in hospital at Alexandria. This son, who is 21 years of age, joined the Colours at the outbreak of war, and was drafted out with the E.E.F. He took part in the Suvla Bay landing, and when the troops were withdrawn from the Dardanelles was landed in Egypt, where he has been ever since. The last report stated that he was progressing favourably. Mr and Mrs Faircloth, who have four other sons serving with the Colours, wish to thank the many kind friends who have expressed sympathy in their bereavement.

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