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Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:09 pm

In my family’s possession we have a memorial card for Sergeant/Serjeant Frank Canham, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (or sometimes the London Regiment). He died on 24-4-1917 in France/Flanders, regimental number L/15202. (His age is not given, though I seem to recall somewhere it may have said he was about 29, but that would contradict what follows.)
Can anyone find out if he was the same person as John Francis Canham, born Q2 1894 in Islington, mother's maiden name Newman. His parents were Francis Augustus Richard Canham, born 1866, and Charlotte Newman, married 1891.
No details are given for Sgt Frank Canham’s parents on anything I have so far found on Ancestry, nor on the CWGC page dedicated to him.
If they are the same person, then he was my grandmother’s 2nd cousin.
If not, then the only thing I can think of was that he knew my grandmother’s cousins, Alec and Alf Fontaine, who served in WW1, and that was how the card eventually ended up in my father’s possession.
The mother of my grandmother, and her sister the mother of Alec and Alf, had the maiden name Canham, and were Francis A R Canham’s 1st cousins, I think. (I also think they were his 2nd cousins because Francis’ parents, Richard and Caroline, may have been 1st cousins.)
Can anyone solve this problem?
Thanks for any help you can provide.

Re: Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:32 pm

FMP has this record with an image.

Piece MH 106/281
Record set British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records
First name(s) J
Last name Canham

Admission year 1914
Service number 15202
Rank Private
Corps Royal Fusiliers
Country Great Britain
Hospital No 3 Casualty Clearing Station
Battalion 4th
Admission date 13 Nov 1914
Transfer year 1914
Transfer date 13 Nov 1914
Archive The National Archives
Series description War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen
Record year range 1914 Nov.12-Nov.28
Register type Hospital admission and discharge registers
Description No.3 casualty clearing station.

Re: Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:49 pm

Thank you so much. I think that has probably solved it. I am trying to find the memorial card just to check for any more details that I may have left out.
The fact that L15202 had the initial ‘J’ and the name ‘Frank’ means it was probably J Frank Canham, birth name John Francis Canham.
Post WW1, I can find no record of John Francis Canham, born 1894, in the London area, so this all adds up.
Thanks again.

Re: Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:50 pm

According to the Ancestry "UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929" record image, his effects went to his fiancee Rosaline/Rosalind Beale.

Name: Frank Canham
Gender: Male
Death Date: 24 Apr 1917
Death Place: France
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Number: L15202

Re: Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:55 pm

Yes, that was the only name I could find attached to his military records, so it didn’t help with who his parents were. If they had married, there would have been a marriage record to help tie things together, but an engagement produces no records. (Unless you put an announcement in The Times.)
Well, hopefully that’s a 102 year old mystery solved.
Last edited by Robbie J N on Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:19 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Sgt Frank Canham - Died 1917

Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:02 am

Poor Rosalind. Looks like she never married, and passed away (age 77) in Brighton in 1975.
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