Franks, Rolland Sutton

2nd Lieutenant / East Surrey Regt

Died on 12 October 1917

Rolland Franks was the son of William and Kathleen Franks.  He was born and brought up in Suffolk, as were the other three children in the family.  His father was a bank manager according to the 1901 census.

In 1911 the family were living in Coulsdon, Surrey by which time William Franks was described as living on ‘Private Means’.  At that time Rolland Franks was a General Merchant’s Clerk. At some point thereafter, he went to work for the Union Bank of Canada in its London office and enlisted while there.

His medal roll index card indicates that Rolland Franks was a Lance Sergeant with a Training Reserve battalion before being commissioned into the East Surrey Regiment.  He entered France on 7 March 1917 and was killed in action in Flanders on 12 October 1917.

Rolland Franks had a brother, Leslie, who was also in service.  He was badly wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, taken Prisoner and died in Germany from his wounds.  He is buried in Hamburg.

Rolland Franks is also commemorated on the Royal Bank of Canada Roll of Honour and on the Bank’s war memorial in Montreal, Quebec.  In addition, he is commemorated on the Dover Virtual War Memorial.

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