Charles Arthur Franks

Rank: 
Private
Regimental number: 
772380
Unit at enlistment: 
125th Battalion
Force: 
C.E.F.
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Volunteered
Survived the war: 
No
Date of death: 
February 10th, 1917
Cemetery: 
Ecoivres Military Cemetery - Pas de Calais, France
Commemorated at: 
St. James Anglican Church (Paris), Ancient Order of Foresters, Penmans Ltd. Honour Roll, Port Dover War Memorial
Birth country: 
Canada
Birth county: 
Norfolk
Birth city: 
Port Dover, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
Paris, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
Paris, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Knitter
Employer: 
Penmans No. 1 Mill
Religious denominations: 
Church of England
Marital status: 
Married
Age at enlistment: 
20

Letters and documents

Circumstances of Casualty: Killed in Action.
Location of Unit at Time of Casualty: Vicinity of Thelus.

BC December 15, 1917

Private Charles Arthur Franks was killed in action on Feb. 10th. He went overseas with the 125th Battalion and in January crossed over to France with a draft for the 60th Infantry. Private Franks was born in Port Dover and came to Paris seven years ago, being employed in Penman’s No. 1 mill at the time of enlistment. His wife was formerly Miss Clara Row, who with a little baby daughter, is left to mourn his loss. Her brother, Private Walter Rowe was killed six months previous. Besides the above, there are left his father and mother, Mr. And Mrs. William Franks, of Paris, two brothers William of Vancouver and Edgar, of the 125th Battalion, and one sister, Mrs. Walter Bradbury, whose husband is also in France. The deceased was a member of St James’ Church.

BX February 19, 1917

Paris Soldier Killed in Action – Private Charles A. Franks of 125th Has Paid Supreme Price

The casualty lists this morning contain the names of two more Paris men, one of whom, Pte. Charles A. Franks is reported as having been killed in action. Franks, who has paid the supreme sacrifice of his life was born in Port Dover, but had been a resident of Paris for nearly seven years, being employed in No. 1 mill, Penman’s Limited. His wife was formerly Miss Clara Rowe, whose brother, Pte. Walter Rowe was killed about 6 months ago. Besides his sorrowing wife he leaves to mourn the loss of a brave and noble father, a seven-month old daughter, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William Franks, two brothers, William of Vancouver, and Edgar of the 125th Battalion, and one sister, Mrs. Walter Barberry, whose husband is also in France.