Other names: Francis Frederick
Locations in this story: Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetKingston Russell, DorsetSturminster, DorsetBlandford, Dorset
Story: Francis Frederick Langley was born in Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15 Jan 1888 the son of Frank Langley and Amelia Langley (nee Wareham). He spent his early life in Iwerne Minster until by 1911 he had moved to Long Bredy, Kingston Russell, Dorset, working as a Gamekeeper. He married Sarah Short in Sturminster, Dorset, on 10 Apr 1912. He enlisted and served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 307223). He later transferred to the Labour Corps as a Lance Corporal (Service No. 531688) and was attached to the 158th S. F. Depot. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. The 1921 Census shows him living in Gough's Close Lane, Sturminster, Dorset, as an out of work General Labourer. By the 1939 Register he moved to Church Lane, Sturminster, Dorset, described as a Professional Rabbit Trapper and Farm Labourer. His wife, Sarah, died in 1945 and he remarried Elsie Harriet F. Hammond in Blandford, Dorset, in 1949. He died in Sturminster on 2 Sep 1967. His brother, Reginald Wilfred Langley, also served in the conflict.