George Edward Franklin was born at Sheerness, Kent in 1881, the son of Samuel George and Evis Olive Franklin. His father was born at London and his mother at Sheerness.
 
The Franklin family lived at 28 King Street, Sheerness in 1891 and 1901. George had siblings; Alice M, Harty Louisa, Lillian E and Samuel.
 
George married Sarah Jane Egan at Our Lady & St.Nicholas' C.of E. Church, Liverpool in 1908. He and his wife had three children; Evis (b 1909), Samuel G (b 1914) and Patrick J (b 1916).
 
In 1911 he and his wife and eldest daughter were living at 4 Second Street off Derby Road, Bootle with the Egan family. This was still their address when George was killed.
 
George died when the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland on the 27th June 1918. A death notice appeared in the Bootle Times on the 19th July 1918.
 
FRANKLIN. - Lost in H.M. Hospital Ship, the Llandovery Castle, torpedoed on June 27th off the Irish Coast, George Edward Franklin, engineers' storekeeper, husband of Sarah Franklin, 4, Second-street,  Bootle. - Greatly missed by his Wife and four Children.
In a sailor's grave our dear one lies,
Not one of us near him to wish him good-bye
But the angels in heaven and guarding his soul
Till we meet him again at the call of the roll.
A report on his death appeared in the same edition of the Bootle Times. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
   Franklin was the eldest son of Mr. S. Franklin, of Sheerness, and was formerly deck-hand on a steam-tug in that port. A capable oarsman he held the position of "stroke" in the "Pride of Sheppey" which was winning boat for many years in the twelve-oar cutter race. In July, 1906, he became a stoker on one of the Union Castle boats an subsequently took up his residence at Bootle. From that time he served on eight different ships of the same line all of which have been sunk by the enemy. Last winter Franklin was serving as a fireman of the "Spectator" when she was torpedoed off the Irish coast. He then sustained serious injury and was treated in hospital. So anxious was he to resume duty and serve his country that before recovery had been completed he joined H.M. Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle and was given light employment as engineers' storekeeper. He was thus employed when he went down with his ship. Franklin was 36 years of age, a man of temperate habits, and was a worthy son, husband and father. While caring for his own family, he was the main support of his aged bed-ridden father and of a brother who is nearly blind. When at home in Bootle he attended St. Winifride's Church and was held in high esteem by the clergy and all who knew him. When news of the disaster reached them Franklin's wife and children had been expecting him home for the week-end. He had also written promising to visit his parents at Sheerness.

Bootle Times 19th July 1918.