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Father: Robert Baxter, born in 1853 in Nottingham and working as a chimney sweep. Mother: Sarah, born in 1854 at Sneinton, Nottingham and working as a lace hand. Brothers: Robert born 1876 and Albert, born 1886. Sisters: Sarah, born 1872 and Mary born in 1894 and working as a blouse hand. All the children were born in Nottingham, though six died in infancy. The family lived at 96 Union Road, Nottingham (1891), 9 Pomfret Street, Nottingham (1901) and 34 Derwent Street (1911) before finally moving to 3 Duke of Wellington Yard, Newark Street, Sneinton, Nottingham. According to the report of Frank's death in the local paper in 1915 his home was at Island Street, Nottingham.
Frank Baxter worked as a chimney sweep but had at some point also been a professional soldier. He was known as Frank.
19 Jan 1915
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Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Baxter was as a reservist and embarked to France, arriving on 11/11/1914. At the end of December 1914 the battalion took over a section of the front at Houplines and there followed a period of eighteen days in the trenches when it rained every day. As a result most trenches had up to two feet of water in them. Despite this and that it was a quiet sector occasional shelling and sniping continued and Baxter was killed in action on 19/01/1915. He was buried at Hiplines Communal Cemetery Extension (111.B.27.)
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 5 February 1915: ‘Baxter. Killed in action January 19th, 1915, Private Frank W Baxter, beloved son of Robert and Sarah Baxter. He did his duty.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive. co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 5 February 1915, photograph with caption: ‘Pte. FW Baxter, 3rd Sherwood Foresters, 31, Island St., Nottingham, killed in action Jan. 19.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive. co.uk)
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