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Frank Reginald Muckleston

Frank Reginald Muckleston (with beard).

12 April 1910 to 1st January 1996.


Frank and I had spoken on the telephone over a couple of years and he received copies of the Muckleston Miscellany newsletter. We had planned to meet up in the New Year (1996), sadly I received notification that Frank passed away on New Year’s Day.


Born in Toddington, Bedfordshire, the son of Albert Ernest Muckleston, Farmer, and Edith Ann (nee Elwood), Frank spent his childhood with his two brothers and sister on a farm at Hockliffe Bedfordshire. His younger brother Bertram was killed in a motorcycle accident on the farm. Another brother Victor, died in 1987 and his sister Dorothy passed away in 1997.


At the age of 15 Frank left home to make his own way in the world and in fact see the world he did by becoming a cabin boy in the navy. On 31st of December 1931 he married his first wife at Berkhampstead in Hertfordshire. Her name was Nora Hartley and she bore him two children Eric (1933) who became a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and Jean (1935).


He fought with the 8th Army during the Second World War and on being demobbed he took his driving and mechanical skills and went to work as a "Patrol" for the Automobile Association. Later he decided that Nora and he would try their hand at running a pub and restaurant in Maidstone which he did quite successfully. Unfortunately after 40 years together Nora passed away dying in August 1971 at Dover, Kent.


Frank decided to return to work for the "AA" becoming a "Port Officer" at Dover Port where he remained until he retired. In October 1972 Frank married Gertrude Ellen Watts, she was the first wife of Nora's cousin and he had known her for a number of years, they had 18 happy years together until Gertrude sadly died in 1990.


In later years Frank suffered ill health and was almost completely housebound. He looked forward to his visits to his daughter Jean in nearby Canterbury and often spent Christmas with her. He did not get to see his son Eric as often as he would have liked as he lived in Portsmouth, Hampshire.


Frank’s memory often let him down but he would recollect walking across fields in his native Bedfordshire to go to school and his earliest memory was of attending his Grandmother Sarah's funeral when he was about 6 or 7.


I had come across him when I too went to work for the AA, the manager of the office at Dover said my name was similar to that of a previous manager who he had worked under and he put us in touch. Frank took a great interest in the family history and enjoyed reading the Miscellany.  It is sad that we never had the opportunity to know more about Frank if only I had found time to meet up earlier.