Frank Dove’s name does not appear in Parish Records so how did he come to be seen as a resident of West Haddon?.
The 1911 Census shows him, then aged 18, working as a ‘horseman’ living with his parents George and Ann, a married sister and a nephew in West Haddon. The occupation of his father is recorded as a police pension. A press cutting reports that he resigned from the police force in August, 1902 on an annual pension of fifty three pounds seven shillings and six pence per year – just over £1 per week!.
Research shows that the Dove family consisted of six children, three boys, three girls and that Frank, born on 18th October, 1892 in Northampton, was the youngest. They lived in various parts of Northampton prior to the move to West Haddon.
The search for Frank’s military record proved fruitless. This is not unusual as many of the military records for those who served with the armed forces during the 1914-1918 war were destroyed by fire during the bombing of London during the Second World War. There was some success however in that a press cutting from The Northampton Independent newspaper reported that Frank Dove, a private with the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment had been “Mentioned In Dispatches”. Further information was not available. It may be possible to learn more during a planned visit to the Northamptonshire Regiment Museum.
Frank died in 1958 aged 66 while living in Northampton. The Probate read “Dove Frank of 28 Franklin Street, St James, Northampton died 23/12/1958. Administration Exeter 30th January to Caroline Dove, widow. Effects £1040 11s 0d”
George Dove, father of the Frank died in 1922. His mother Ann died in 1940.
(Jim Blakey 7th November, 2015)