Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Frank Gilbert Lake was the 8th son of James and Fanny. He was born in 1881 in Minster. He joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps, which was part of the London Territorial Force. Attached originally to the Inns of Court, in 1914 it set up a training camp in Berkhamstead, from which the majority of the men obtained commissions. Frank joined Ist Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, at the front at the very end of 1915. However ,according to the Battalion war diary he seems to have moved to the Royal Flying Corps at some point in 1916 or early 1917 as there is a record of him rejoining the Battalion on 24th April 1917 from the RFC. He was reported killed in action on 31st July 1917 at the age of 36. The battalion war diary gives an account of the action in which he died.
‘War Diary of 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment’
The diary entry concluded with a list of officers killed, wounded and missing. Lieutenant F. G. Lake was listed among the missing. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Geoffrey Lake was the 7th son of James and Fanny. He was born in 1881 in Minster, Kent. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Volunteer Reserve and was based at HMCS Lansdowne, which seems to have been a former patrol ship forming part of the shore depot in Sydney, Nova Scotia. This was one of the two main points of departure for troops and supplies going to France, the other being Halifax.
Geoffrey died on 25th October 1918 at the age of 38 and is buried in the Hardwood Hill Cemetery in Sydney. From the cemetery records it is noticeable that another person from HMCS Landsdowne died the same day and one the day before, perhaps victims of the Spanish flu? He was married to Kathleen Margaret Lake and the CWGC record her address as ‘The Randolph’, 135 East 50th Street, New York.
On the family grave he is remembered:
In Proud and Loving
Lieut. R.N. C.V.R.
Who died 25th October 1918 at Sydney, Nova Scotia
Whilst on active service