Frank Waddington was born on the 5th of March 1886 in Balby to Henry Best Waddington (33) and Annie Maria Waddington (32). He had at least 4 older siblings: Frederic, Henry, Charles, and Anne. Around 1889 his younger sister Edith E was born, and then a brother Alfred in 1891. In the same year the family was living at 7 Back Lane, Balby. Henry senior worked as a joiner, Frederic was an apprentice railway carriage builder and Henry junior was an errand boy. Frederic Waddington probably died about 1899. This seems to lead to some confusion on the 1901 register where Frank was misnamed as Fred. Around 1900 Annie had another child, Alfred. By 1901 Henry junior had moved out of the family home. Frank had followed his father by apprenticing himself as a joiner and carpenter. The Family still lived at the same address in 1911, both Frank’s sisters had moved out but the brothers remained at home and unmarried. Henry senior was now self-employed as a joiner, while Frank had completed his training and was no longer an apprentice. Frank may have been putting his skills as a joiner to use for his father. Charles and Alfred were both carters. Like Frederic before him, Arthur had trained as a railway wagon builder.
In late 1914 Frank Waddington married Mary A Wright, she was a year younger than him. By 1916 they had two children, and lived at 11 Stanford Road, Doncaster. Frank was a foreman joiner working on 200 miners’ houses for Thomson and Dixon. They submitted an exemption from military service for him and it seems to have been accepted. In 1939 the couple lived at 72 Thomson Avenue, Doncaster. Frank was still a joiner, he seems to have been specializing in wire repairs.