John Samuel Franks was born at Liverpool in 1896.
 
He was the eldest son of John Samuel Franks and Letitia Hannah (nee Meyer) who were married at St.Peterís C.of E. Church, Liverpool on the 3rd April 1895.
 
His father was a shipís rigger and was born at Liverpool whilst his mother was born at Hoole, Cheshire the daughter of Henry Meyer a merchant seaman who was originally from Hanover, Germany.
 
John Samuel junior was one of nine children, three of whom had died by 1911. His known siblings were; William Henry (b 1898), Letitia Victora (b 1900), Richard Joseph (b 1902), Eliza Frances (b 1904) and Elizabeth Sarah (b 1906).
 
The family were living at 5 Roderick Road, Walton in 1901 and at 41 Brasenose Road, Kirkdale in 1911.
 
John Samuel junior enlisted in the army at Bootle. His service records have not survived but his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916..
 
He was killed in action on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).
 
A report on his death appeared in the Evening Express on the 23rd August 1917. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
   The relatives of Pte. J.S. Franks, K.L.R., have been informed that he has fallen in action. He was 21 years of age, and joined the colours in Oct., 1915. Prior to the war he was employed by Houlder Bros., and resided with his parents at 41, Brasenose-road, Kirkdale. He was one of the Boy Scouts of St.Paul's, Kirkdale.

Evening Express 23rd August 1917

 
His father died in 1922 and his mother in 1942.