Fam­ily’s quest over photo of war hero rel­a­tive

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A Lon­don au­thor, who has writ­ten nov­els and plays about the First World War, needs help to sort out his own Ken­tish con­nec­tions to the Great War.

Robert Fan­shawe, au­thor of The Cel­list’s Friend, said his in­ter­est in the First World War was sparked by the his­tory of his un­cle, Leighton Dal­rym­ple Fan­shawe, who had been a pupil at Ton­bridge School.

Lt Fan­shawe was in com­mand of a ma­chine gun com­pany when he was killed in ac­tion at Ypres on Au­gust 2, 1917, aged just 21.

At the time his Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer wrote: “I would pay to his me­mory the great­est trib­ute, that he was a friend, a sol­dier, and a gen­tle­man.”

Leighton Fan­shawe was a pupil at Ton­bridge from 1910 till 1913.

He was in Park House, and a house prae­poster (or pre­fect) and had been a Lance-Cor­po­ral in the school’s Of­fi­cer Train­ing Corps.

His fam­ily at the time were liv­ing in Read­ing, but his grand­mother hailed from Maid­stone.

She was born Mar­i­anne Ellen Frem­lin and was a rel­a­tive of Ralph Frem­lin who founded the county town’s fa­mous brew­ery.

Mr Fan­shawe ex­plained: “I’ve vis­ited the Menin Gate Memo­rial sev­eral times where Leighton’s name is in­scribed. The last time was with friends and fam­ily and we tried to find

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