Frank Henry de Prez

Frank Henry de Prez was born in Moore on 16 January 1896. His parents were Arthur and Edith Maud de Prez. Frank was baptised at All Saints’ on 6 March 1896. He had two sisters, Ida Mary, b1897 and Edith May b1899. Initially, the family lived on Warrington Road, Moore (now Runcorn Road). His father was a painter and decorator.

The 1911 census tells us that Frank was then living with his grandfather, William (a retired grocer), at ‘Lyndhurst’, Moore. He was apprenticed to a painter – possibly his father. Arthur and Edith were living at ‘High Bank’ with their daughters and this is the address that Frank gave on enlistment.

He enlisted into the RAF on 2 January 1917, service number 52727, but we have no details of his service.

Frank married Hilda Margaret Thomas (born 1 August 1894) on 23 April 1923 at the parish church in Gresford, Flintshire. By 1939, he was a master painter and decorator. He and his wife were living at ‘High Bank’. They had two sons, Arthur, born on 6 April 1924 and William b1927. Arthur continued to live in Moore until he died just a few years ago.

Frank died in 1993, aged 97 years, in Delyn, Flintshire.