FILBY, Francis

No. 14558490, Corporal, Francis Lawrence FILBY
Aged 36

1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 24th June 1944

Francis Lawrence Filby was born in Newmarket on 8th January 1909 (Newmarket Q1-1909 3b:427), the son of Francis Alfred and Lilian Catherine FILBY (née LAWRENCE).

1911 census...Aged 2, he was at The Woolpack Inn, Drapery Row, Newmarket with his father Francis Alfred FILBY [33], a publican born in Kentford; his mother Lilian Catherine [25] born in Woolwich, London and sisters Florence Lilian [3] born in Kentford and Doris Maud [7 months] born in Newmarket.

He married Marjorie WAKE, (born Thornham), in Newmarket in Q4-1940. She was later in Moulton. Probate for his will gave his address as "Cock Inn, Kentford.
The Filby family had a great number of members as publicans in East Anglia right up to the end of the 20th century, including the Cock and the neighbouring inn, the Fox and Ball. A younger brother, Harry, was landlord at the Cock for many years after WW2.

In the 1939 register Francis was barman, (assisting father) at the Cock Inn, Kentford, father [4-12--1878] landlord; mother [14-2-1886]; widowed grandmother Caroline FILBY [4-8-1847]; sister Irene [31-8-1921]; brother Ronald B [30-12-1924] just left school. There are 2 closed records.

The memorial plaque has him in the Leicestershire Regiment, CWGC have Northamptonshire Regiment Yet to find exactly what the battalion were doing that day.They had a bad day earlier, on 14th with 28 killed. The 1st Northants had 7 killed on the 24th June, 4 are buried in Imphal in India and 3 are named on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar

photo from

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Francis Filby is buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India - grave 6:F:8

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