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Frank Clinton, the son of Thomas and Harriet Clinton (nee Instone) and brother of Charles Clinton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1885. By 1911, he was living at 179 Coleman Street with his parents, and had become a machine tool fitter. Later the same year he married Helen Hossack, and they had four children – Edith, Frederick, John and Robert – between 1911 and 1914.

Frank enlisted into the 9th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 15957) and first entered the war in France on 24 August 1915. He was killed in action on 31 October 1915 and is buried at the Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-d’Armentieres. His widow received a pension of £1 15s. 10d. in 1916, and a further £3 in 1919.