Other names: Francis Lidden
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireEgyptBattersea, LondonGloucester, GloucestershireSturminster, Dorset
Story: Francis Lidden Harrington was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 6 Apr 1894 and baptised at the Independent Chapel, Ludwell, on 27 May 1894 the son of Harry William Harrington, a Wheelwright, and Mary Eliza Harrington (nee Lambert). He lived all his early life in Birdbush, Ludwell, until he joined the Royal Flying Corps on 1 Oct 1916 although he had been in a Territorial Force since 30 Jan 1912 but no details have been found. He entered as an Air Mechanic Class 2 (Service No. 403799). On 1 Dec 1917 he was promoted to Corporal working as a Rigger and served in Egypt. The Corps became the Royal Air Force on 1 Apr 1918. He was discharged on 13 Aug 1919 and was awarded a small short term disability pension. He would have qualified for the Victory and British War Medals. He married Emily Violet Wain at St. Mary le Park Chapel of Ease, Battersea, London, on 5 Jun 1922. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Dean Walk, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, working as a Civil Servant. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1953.