1857 - 1902

As Francis Ransome, he was born at 46 Duke Street, Ipswich in 1857, but used the name of Frank, son of Robert James Ransome (1831-1891), ironfounder, and his wife Charlotte Louisa née Taylor, who married at Ipswich in 1854. In 1871, Francis and brother William were at Framlingham College when their parents, 40 year old Robert James, was an engineer employing 140 men and the founder of Ransomes of Ipswich, was living at [Old] Foundry Road, Ipswich with his 38 year old wife and their five younger daughters, Louisa 11, Edith 9, Helen 8, Jane 4 and Robert 1. Educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk and followed in his father's footsteps as an engineer. He married in London in 1885, Marian Deane (1860-1934) and in 1891, a 34 year old engineer, living at Claydon, Ipswich with his 30 year old wife Marion, born Derby and their 5 year old son Frank Deane Ransome, born at Ipswich. A partner, with Tom Drew Bear and Edwin Hollis Perk in the engineering firm of Drew Bear, Ransome & Perks of Princes Wharf, Commerical Road, Lambeth from which he withdrew in 1894 when he worked on his own account, and about this time he moved to 61 Granville Park, Lewisham where he was living in 1901, with the addition of two daughters 9 year old Enid, born Claydon and 6 year old Elizabeth born Staines. An amateur painter and as Frank Ransome of Claydon, near Ipswich, a member of Ipswich Art Club in 1891 but does not seem to have exhibited. He died at Windsor, Berkshire in 1902, aged 45. His son Frank Deane Ransome, became a professional singer and another daughter Sybil Dorothea [later Johnson] became a costume model and in 1911 were living with their widowed mother at 20 Chatsworth Gardens, Acton.