Parents John and Elizabeth Tanner of Wiltshire
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Mr J Tanner of Ladds Lane has no less than 5 sons serving in the army.
L/Cpl F Tanner 2 Wilts, now in France
Pte C Tanner 2/4 Wilts in India
Pte HE Tanner (wounded at Neuve Chappelle) 3 Wilts
Spr J Tanner RE Signals Department
Pte WE Tanner Royal Wilts Yeomanry.
Wilts Times 9 October 1915
Pte Frank (Frederick) Tanner of the Wiltshire’s was the eldest son of
Mr and Mrs J Tanner, 10, The Gardens, Ladds Lane Chippenham. He was posted
as wounded and missing last October and is now officially reported as
killed in action at the Battle of the Somme. The parents having been
notified to that effect by the War Office.
Pte Tanner was one of the 5 sons of Mr and Mrs Tanner who have joined
the forces. Two are in France, one in Egypt and one in India. Frank who
was married and was 28 years of age was living in South Africa when war
broke out and joined the Colours 2 days after it’s declaration. He was
sent from Africa to France, where he went through all the heavy
engagements in which his regiment took part during the first 2 years of
the war. His widow is still in South Africa.
Wilts Times 29 September 1917. Photo page 4
In loving memory of our dear son L/Cpl Frank Tanner, Wiltshire
Regiment, who was killed in action at the battle of the Somme October 18th
Somewhere in France our loved one is sleeping,
While angels bright are watching near;
Still at home our hearts are aching,
For we have lost a dear son.
All his sufferings now are ended,
His wounded body is at rest,
His soul from every ill defended,
Reposes at his Saviours breast.
Deeply mourned by his Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.
10 The Gardens, Ladd’s Lane, Chippenham.
Wilts Times 18 October 1918