Francis ‘Frank’ Lattimer was born in the north-east and came to Chelmsford by 1940 when he married in the Chelmsford registration district. After working in a factory he joined the army and was sent to north Africa. He died there in August 1942. His parents lived in Rainsford Lane, Chelmsford.

Frank was born in County Durham in 1918, the only son of Dale Lomas Lattimer (1895-1969) and Annie Lattimer (nee Donnelly) (1897-1973).

His parents had married in County Durham in 1917, Francis had a sister, Winifred M. Lattimer, born in 1921.

In 1940 Frank married Irish-born Charlotte Rothwell 'Lottie' Grealy in the Chelmsford registration district.

Francis LATTIMER, Driver, 8th Armoured Divisional Signals, Royal Corps of Signals

Killed in north Africa. Aged 24

During the Second World War he served as  Driver 2348611 in the 8th Armoured Divisional Signals in the Royal Corps of Signals. Prior to joining the army some two years previously he had worked in a Chelmsford factory.

On 31st August 1942 Frank died from wounds received in north Africa. At the time of his death Frank’s parents were living at 67 Rainsford Lane in Chelmsford, He was aged 24.

He had no known grave and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt.

His parents later lived in Arbour Lane, Springfield.