17 June 1917 : Air Mechanic Frank Waddington

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1893

Parents Isabella Waddington and step-father Barker Greendwood .

At the 1911 Census the family, now including three children, lived on Lincoln Rd, Earby, where Frank, his step-father, mother and the children, even the 12 year old (part-time) worked at the nearby cotton mill as cotton weavers. 

A keen artist in his spare time, Frank enlisted into the RFC as an air mechanic. He was enrolled in the School of Aerial Gunnery at Farnbourough soon after enlistment.

Whilst training in Scotland, Frank was struck down with tuberculosis. He died in hospital at Lochdoon, Scotland on 17 June 1917. 

His remains were transported back to Earby for his funeral and he now lies buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Thornton in Craven.

WFA Pension Cards & Files from Fold3 on Ancestry

At the time of his death his mother  lived at 11 School Lane, Earby, Nr, Colne. She received a pension for life.

WFA Pension Cards & Files from Fold3 on Ancestry

Isabella Greenwood later moved to West Lea, Grassington, near Skipton. 

AM3 Frank Waddington, 63582  Royal Flying Corps

17 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara @croonaert