The 1901 Census shows the Southam family living at Foxhill Buildings, West Haddon. The Head of the Household was Frederick William Southam aged 33, born in Silverstone in 1868 and working as a farm bailiff. Sharing the accommodation was his wife Sarah aged 35 born in Hardingstone, their three daughters Ada aged 8, Annie aged 7 and Maggie aged 5 and their two sons Frank aged 3 and Albert aged 2. All five children were born in West Haddon.
Frank was born on 25/5/1897 and baptised on 11/7/1897.
The 1891 Census had shown his parents living in Lodge Gate, Wooton House, Wooton, Aylesbury
The 1911 Census shows the parents living at Foxhill Farm, West Haddon with their children Maggie, Albert, Fred, Eva (aged 5 Baptised 11/6/1905) and George (aged 2 months Baptised 2/4/1911). Frank was not living at home.
Further research of the 1911 Census shows Frank living with his aunt Annie in Wooton. She was aged 73 and described as a farmer. Living with her was Anne Alice her daughter aged 30 and Frank her nephew then aged 13.
A search of the 1919 Absentee Voters’ List for West Haddon revealed that his regimental number was 12801, his rank Sergeant and his company the Rifle Brigade
Frank Southam married Doris Beadle in 1922 in Luton, Bedfordshire.
He died in Luton, Bedfordshire in October, 1972.
It was not possible to trace any military records in respect of Frank Southam. There were records for 14 Southams, none of them named Frank.
Jim Blakey, 11th March 2017