Family’s loving tribute to war hero Frank

Frank Browning, Blackpool soldier
Frank Browning, Blackpool soldier
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A stepson and stepdaughter have paid a loving tribute following the death of a Blackpool soldier who served during the Second World War.

Frank Browning, one of the last members of the Lancashire Fusiliers, died on July 12 at Farthing Nursing Home in Cleveleys following a battle with bowel cancer. He was 94.

Frank Browning, Blackpool soldier

Frank Browning, Blackpool soldier

Mr Browning served in Malta between 1941 to 1944, as well as Italy in 1945, where he was left with injuries to his arm and eyebrow following a shrapnel explosion.

Today two of his stepchildren, Heath Smith and Pamela Fitzpatrick, paid their own tributes.

Mr Smith, 44, said: “He was fun and loving and there for a good time.

“He never let anyone down. He was a party animal and loved enjoying himself.”

Frank Browning, pictured with fellow soldiers

Frank Browning, pictured with fellow soldiers

Mrs Fitzpatrick added: “He loved dancing – he was always with the ladies, even when he was in the nursing home.”

Born in Liverpool in 1920, Mr Browning signed up to fight as part of the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1940.

He was stationed in Malta but in July 1944 the unit disbanded and transferred to the 66th Infantry Brigade, serving alongside the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots, a regular unit, and 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, a territorial unit.

The brigade became part of 1st Infantry Division which was serving in the Italian Campaign, where it took part in the fighting on the Gothic Line, suffering severe casualties.

After the war ended in 1945 Mr Browning remained in the Army until 1947.

He returned home and moved to London before working as a joiner until he was 65.

He moved to the Fylde coast in the early 1990s and married wife Alice in 1994.

Mr Browning lived in Withnell Road, South Shore, as well as Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, before he moved to Farthing Nursing Home in 2012.

Mr Smith added: “He was always active and never missed a parade.

“He attended all the marches without fail and went to many of the Remembrance Sunday services.”

Mr Browning is survived by his stepchildren, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at Carleton Crematorium on Friday from 10.30am. All are welcome.