Private Frank Tomlinson
27038 West Riding Regiment
40239 East Yorkshire Regiment

This serviceman is listed as ‘T’ Tomlinson on the Jacksdale War Memorial but it is believed that he is, in fact, Frank Tomlinson born Jacksdale in 1898, son of Isaac Henry Tomlinson, born Selston and his wife Charlotte (nee Popple). In 1898 Frank’s mother died probably due to childbirth and by 1901 Frank’s widowed father had moved in with his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Popple at Giltbrook. Frank’s father later re-married and by 1911 was living with his new wife Bertha (nee Daley) at Somercotes with their three sons James, Alan and Ernest but Frank had remained at the home of his maternal grandparents in Giltbook.

Frank attested on 18th October 1916, aged 18 years and 75 days. His height was noted as 5’9″ and address as Hardstaff House, Alms Houses, Giltbrook. His civilian occupation was grocer’s assistant. Frank embarked for Dunkirk, France on 16th June 1918.  He was discharged from the Army on 26th October 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.