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Francis (Frank) William Nelson was baptised at Patterdale Church on the 2nd June 1887. He was the son of Elizabeth Nelson, who was unmarried at the time of his birth. She lived with her family at High Rake, Glenridding, where her father William worked as a miner at Greenside Mine, who had moved to Glenridding with his wife Mary (nee Shaw) from Hartsop, which is where Elizabeth had been born.
As a boy Frank lived with his mother and grand parents at Low Rake Glenridding. He would have attended Patterdale School with contemporaries such as Ernest Chugg, and Fred Dewis who also grew up at the Rakes. After leaving school Frank moved to Manchester to work as a joiner, and by 1911 was living there with his his Aunt Mary and her family, the Sanders. On the 14th march 1914 Frank himself got married, to Ivy Bagnall. They settled in Ashton under Lyne, where their first son Winston was born in December 1914. They had another son, Clifford, born in August 1917.
Frank enlisted on the 7th June 1916 into the Royal Flying Corps, where his skills as a Carpenter would have been in great demand. We do not have any great details of his time in the service despite having his service record (see below) -
After the war we so far not found out anything about what happened to Frank, Ivy and the boys. We believe that Frank died in Chorley in Lancashire in May 1944 aged 56 and that Ivy died in Farnworth Lancashire in March 1952 at the age of 61. Frank is remembered on the Glenridding Village Hall Roll of Honour alongside his childhood friends and neighbours Ernest Chugg and Frank Dewis and many others.
In terms of the rest of his family Frank’s mother Elizabeth never married and died in early 1925 at the age of 68, living at 4 Low Rake with her brother Aaron, Frank’s Uncle, who continued to live there until his death in 1965 at the age of 94.
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Corporal Francis (Frank) William Nelson
31006 Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force
Born May 1887, Glenridding. Died May 1944 Chorley Aged 56
Son of Elizabeth Nelson of High and Low Rake Glenridding
Husband of Ivy Bagnall
Father of Winston and Clifford Nelson