Other names: Francis Edward
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetStour Provost, Dorset
Story: Francis Edward Pickford was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22 May 1896 and baptised there on 21 Jun 1896 the son of William Pickford and Julia Emma Pickford (nee Pickford). He lived his early life with his parents at Manor Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. There are no surviving Service Records in this case but there is a medal record showing he served as a Private with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 230130). He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Flora Mary Gibbs at Stour Provost, Dorset, on 10 Nov 1920 and they went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register Francis is living at Coles Lane Farm, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a Dairy Farmer. He died in Shaftesbury on 4 Aug 1982 and was buried at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, on 9 Aug 1982.