Frank’s parents, Thomas Thomas and Gertrude A Rowland were married in 1894 in a civil ceremony in Chester (ROC/32/48)
Frank Noel Thomas was born in Qtr March in 1900. His birth was registered in Chester (Vol 8a page 417)
The 1901 census records Frank Noel Thomas living with his family at 28, Phoenix Street, Sandycroft, Flintshire. The head of the household was Thomas Thomas 30, a Confectioner (Baker) working on his own account. His wife since 1894 was Gertrude Thomas. She was 27 had been born in Sandycroft. Their listed children were sons George, 4, Tom C. 3, and Frank N, 1. Frank had been had born in Sandycroft.
The 1911 census shows Frank Noel Thomas, 11, staying with his Grandmother. She was a widow, Harriett Rowland who owned a confectioner’s shop and worked on her own account. The address on the census was 12 Rose Terrace, Sandycroft, Flinthshire. Also in the household were Frank’s Aunts, Beatrice Rowland, 30 who was an Assistant Teacher and Aunt Marjorie Rowland, 23, a Confectioner. Harriett stated that 12 children had been born and 3 died, this was crossed out by the Enumerator.
Meanwhile in the 1911 census, Frank’s family were living at Wilmslow Terrace, Mancot, Hawarden, Nr. Chester. Thomas Thomas, was 40 and was a worker at a Confectioner, Grocery Store, Gertrude, his wife was 37. The listed children were Joyce 16, George, 14, Tom, 13, Ronald, 9, Freda, 6, and Kenneth 4, Thomas & Gertrude had had 9 children born to them and sadly 2 had died.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk lists Frank Thomas who had been born in Sandycroft N Wales. It confirms the regimental details that appear at the top of this page. It says he enlisted in Bury, Lancashire. His medal card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medals. and confirms his regimental number as 29256 and his regiment as The Royal Lancaster Regiment.
His Commonwealth War Grave Certificate says he died on the 4th October 1918. see below.
Frank Noel Thomas is on the Hawarden War Memorial. He may be also on the Queensferry School as Frank Thomas, Pte. (RLR) and also on the Sandycroft War Memorial in St. Francis’s Church as F. Thomas. This account is speculative and assumes that they are one and the same person on the three memorials.We would welcome any information to help us identify this soldier with more certainty.