Frank William King was the eldest child of William and Mary King (nee Howell) and was born at Balneath Cottages, Chailey on 28th August 1898. William became farm bailiff at Yokehurst, and at Michaelmas 1905 took over Pouchlands Farm, where Frank's younger brother Ernest was born and brought up. The two boys both went to
In 1916, Frank was 18 and had already joined Lord Derby's Volunteers. The photograph reproduced on this page was taken in 1916 and shows Frank wearing a Derby Scheme armlet - an essential addition to a volunteer's wardrobe at a time when white feathers were still liberally handed out to men out of uniform.
Frank went to
with the Royal Field Artillery and survived uninjured, although no records
have yet been discovered. Chailey Parish Magazine first mentions him in
June 1917 referring to him simply as King,
Gunner F W, RFA and this information is then repeated monthly up to and
including the final published roll in July 1919. France
The National Archives gives one possibility for Gunner Frank W King in the Royal Field Artillery (although three drivers of that name are listed), and that is 238372 Gunner Frank W King.
My thanks to Tim Bishop for contacting me and sending me the splendid photo of Frank.