Great War servicemen - side facing West


West facing side

The following people are listed on the side facing West. Great care has been taken to identify them but, since 90 years have passed, it is likely mistakes have been made.

Scotter cricket team in 1908Scotter cricket team of 1908; Basil standing in the centre of the back row


Basil Franklin Eminson MB, BS, DOMS, IMS
Lieutenant, Indian Medical Service attached 28th Light Cavalry
Captain, 28th Light Cavalry Indian Army
Captain, Indian Medical Service

born 24th September 1887 in Scotter
2nd son of Thomas Benjamin Franklin (a Medical Practitioner from Scooter) and Clara (nee Burgess of Edenham)
family lived at Gonerby House, High Street

educated at Epsom College; a bowler in their 1906 cricket team 
also played cricket for Scotter
qualified as a doctor at Charing Cross Hospital, London on 17th December 1910

enlisted in 1912 
adept at all ball games and played rugby for the Army

promoted from Lieutenant to Captain on 27th July 1915 
served in Burma, Persia, Mesopotamia and Afghanistan

on 7th June 1921 at Christ Church, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India married Mary (‘May’) Davidson (of the Queen Alexandra’s Military Nursing Service) from Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

transferred to the civil side of his service in 1924
held several of the most important civil surgeon posts in Sind including Karachi (now in Pakistan)
Medical Officer of Central Prison, Hyderabad when Mahatma Ghandi was an inmate in 1934
president of the Sind branch of the British Medical Association from 1940-1941 
rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
retired from the Indian Medical Service on 24th September 1942

in King George VI's New Years Honours List of 1944 awarded the Kaisar-I-Hind Gold Medal for ‘public services in India’
undertook ophthalmic work at Scunthorpe Hospital
a keen sportsman and first class shot
died at his home on 2nd February 1967 aged 79 
ashes interred in the family plot at Scotter Cemetery

brother of Robert Astley Franklin (main face)
brother of Ralph Franklin (below)
brother of Clarence Franklin (below)

Clarence eminson

Clarence in the sidecar; photo from his son Dr. Paul Eminson

Clarence Franklin Eminson MRCS, LRCP, DOMS  ('Clarrie')

F1246 Petty Officer Mechanic, Royal Naval Armoured Service

Flight-Lieutenant, Royal Air Force

born 24th May 1895 in Scotter
5th son of Thomas Benjamin Franklin (a Medical Practitioner from Scotter) and Clara (nee Burgess of Edenham)
family lived at Gonerby House, High Street
educated at Terra Nova School, Southport and Epsom College
studying medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, London but outbreak of war interrupted his education
kept a diary from which the following is extracted:-
joined the 9a Division on 7th November 1914; paid 120 shillings per month
went out to Alexandria, Egypt on board a troop carrier
on 15th August 1915 embarked on the ‘SS Osmanich’ with 4 Ford vehicles
arrived at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli the next day at 12:45pm ‘shells all about’
next 2 to 3 months spent time in the trenches, built dugouts for new positions, cleaned the guns, brought up ammunition and stores to the trenches
was able to sleep on rest days in spite of the intense cold and heavy rain
frequently mentioned shells, shrapnel and injuries to his colleagues

by November life was getting difficult
23rd ‘Very cold and windy. On well guard. No meat or bread. New position started.‘
29th ‘Work on new officer’s dugout. I go down to base at 3.30pm owing to septic finger.‘
2nd December ‘Sent to 26 clearing station. Spend night there. The next day, Reveille 6am boarded the Barrie with 450 others’
spent most of December at a convalescent camp, food was scarce and did a lot of walking
his finger was being dressed almost daily and like others around him it was healing badly

14th February 1916 evacuated to Malta aboard the ‘Aragon’ with septic hand injury
15th 'Feel alright. Good grub. Parade 10:15am. See doctor'
17th reached Malta ‘after very rough seas’ and left on 23rd aboard the same ship
for the next 2 days sailed along the African coast ‘it was rather rough but alright’
stayed overnight at Gibraltar departing at 10am on 27th February and enduring rough seas
2nd March 1916 reached Devonport and disembarked to ‘HMS Vival’
next day left for London, had 17 days leave and pay of £5
7th March caught the 8:45am train for home from King’s Cross
kept up correspondence with brothers Basil and Ralph and visited his cousins at Scotterwood
went with Reverend John Blew to witness the bomb damage at Hull

discharged from the R.N.A.S. on 20th March 1916
since medics were in short supply he had been sent back to London to complete his studies
qualified as a doctor at Charing Cross Hospital, London on 1st November 1918 and obtained the Conjoint diploma
there he met nursing sister Sarah Jane Dorothy ('Dorothy') Edgar
called up for National Service as a Medical Officer in the Royal Flying Corps
promoted from Flying Officer to Flight-Lieutenant on 1st February 1920 
left the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1920

married Dorothy on 10th August 1922 at St. Martin's in the Fields, London
appointed ophthalmic surgeon at Scunthorpe War Memorial Hospital in 1926 
had business premises in Doncaster, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe 
wife died in 1944

enjoyed a lifelong interest in the countryside 
kept an accurate game book for all his shooting activities from the mid 1930s onwards

in 1953 joined the consultant staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary
married Barbara Ruby Roberts in 1955 in the Doncaster registration district
lived at 65 Thorne Road, Doncaster and moved to 107 Thorne Road
retired in 1960 visiting ophthalmologist to the Yorkshire School for the Blind

died on 28th February 1979 aged 83 after a car accident
ashes interred in the family plot at Scotter Cemetery

brother of Robert Astley Franklin (main face)
brother of Basil Franklin (above)
brother of Ralph Franklin (below)


John Richard Whittingham Eminson 
R22989 Private, King's Royal Rifle Corps

born 4th September 1889 at Hall Farm, Scotton
son of Richard Baxter (a farmer) and Mary Elizabeth (nee Raddish); both from Scotter
in the early 1900s father bought Scotterwood 
John lived there the rest of his life

reported missing then a few weeks later in June 1917 his parents received a postcard from him to say he was a wounded prisoner of war and 'had been too ill to write previously'
spent time as a prisoner of war more than once

made himself a crystal radio before they were in common use
a bachelor and a 'very honest man'
loved the countryside and joined the family farming business
with his brother Harold, he would herd sheep to Louth market and sleep under bushes on the way 
they were both keen cyclists
in their 80s, on a summer night, they would cycle 20 miles keeping 100 yards apart so they could talk about their journey at home
died 3rd March 1988 aged 98 
buried in Scotter Cemetery

Robert george eminson

* see below for photo information


Robert George Eminson  ('Bob'; incorrectly listed)

born 4th November 1877 at St. John's Wood, London
son of John Milton Oxley (a pharmaceutical chemist from Scotter) and Fanny Froment (nee Button of Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire)

as a child lived at London Road, Earley, Berkshire
father made his living buying ailing chemist shops and ’turning them round’ for a profit
by 1891 the family was living at Balby Road, Doncaster and later at Campbell Road, Bromley

remained a bachelor and continued to live with his parents and spinster sister Gertrude (‘Gertie‘)
when his paternal grandmother Martha Eminson (nee Oxley) died in 1907 his father inherited Mount House on Messingham Road, Scotter; since demolished in the 1970s

on 28th March 1907 set sail on board S.S. Pomeranian from London via Le Havre to Toronto, Canada
2 weeks later arrived at Halfiax, Nova Scotia

not found in the 1911 England census
his family were at Alderman’s Drive, Peterborough when his father died in 1912
moved with his mother and sister to the Scarborough area where Fanny died in 1933
lived at 22 Alma Square, Scarborough
Gertie died at 47 High Street, Snainton on 4th January 1958 aged 81

in the early 1960s visited his cousin William Gibbons Eminson at Northorpe and remembered as:-
  ‘a big man who strode across the yard in a few paces’

moved to reside at 344 Scalby Road, Newby, Scarborough
died 30th November 1972 aged 95 at Ravensworth Lodge, a nursing home on Belgrave Crescent
cremated in the town at Woodlands
brother of Herbert (main face)

* The image above was cropped from one in a series of pictures showing Mount House interiors. At the time they were taken it is believed his sister Gertrude was living there. One of the images shows a family room with many photographs. Three are on display, one with a white frame and the other two in black frames. (Quite often black frames were used for people who had died.)

An elderly lady is seen in a black frame; she is almost certainly Gertrude’s mother who passed away in 1933 aged 81. Standing on a small table are two photographs side by side. They each show a young man and seem to have been taken at the same time. It has been assumed the image in a black frame is Herbert, killed in 1918, and the one above is the only known image of Robert.


Ralph franklin eminson d.s.o.

photo from David Capes


Ralph Franklin Eminson DSO, MB, BS, LMSSA 
Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps

born 10th May 1889 in Scotter
3rd son of Thomas Benjamin Franklin (a Medical Practitioner from Scotter) and Clara (nee Burgess of Edenham)
family lived at Gonerby House, High Street

educated at Leys School, Cambridge and Epsom College
studied medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, London
qualified as a doctor on 30th June 1911
won the gold medal in surgery
remained at the hospitral as house physician and surgeon

enlisted at the outbreak of war
married Dorothy Edith Halbeard at St. George's Church, Worcester on 24th September 1914

disembarked in France on 22nd October 1914 as part of the British Expedtionary Force
served in France and Salonika, Greece; twice mentioned in dispatches
promoted to temporary Captain on 10th October 1915

awarded the Distinguished Service Order and gazetted on 13th September 1918; his citation reads:-

   ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  When two companies who had made a counter-attack and reached a village, were obliged to fall back 150 yards, suffering heavy casualties, whom it was impossible to rescue owing to the accurate machine-gun and rifle fire from the village, this officer went himself, regardless of fire, and in full view of the enemy, across "No Man's Land" many times, and carried and assisted back the wounded, who would otherwise have been left.’

promoted to Captain on 24th December 1918 
discharged on 19th September 1919

joined his father's practice in Scotter as a GP
later opened his own practice in Messingham 
chairman of the Scunthorpe branch of the British Medical Association in 1937-38
a keen rugby player; founder member and past president of Scunthorpe Rugby Club
member and former president of the Ashby branch of the British Legion 

lived at Trentholme, Messingham then in Ashby at Bligny House and later at 2 Burringham Road
four months after he retired, following a long illness, died on 19th November 1958 aged 69 
funeral at St. Paul's Church then buried, in what became his family plot, at Bottesford Cemetery

brother of Robert Astley Franklin (main face)
brother of Basil Franklin (above)
brother of Clarence Franklin (above)