Howard Frank

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Sir Howard George Frank, 1st Baronet, GBE, KCB (10 November 1871 – 10 January 1932) was an English estate agent and public servant. He was a cofounder of Knight Frank.[1][2]

Frank was born in Blackhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the son of Frederick Frank. He was educated at Marlborough College and then entered the estate agency profession, in which he remained all his life, eventually becoming recognised as the "head" of the profession in Britain. He was head of the firms of Knight, Frank & Rutley of London and Walton & Lee of Edinburgh and was president of the Estate Agents' Institute from 1910 to 1912.[1]

In 1916, he was appointed honorary adviser to the Ministry of Munitions on land valuation. The following year he became Director-General of Lands to the War Office and Air Ministry as well as the Ministry of Munitions, holding the post until 1922. After the First World War he also served as deputy chairman and then chairman of the Disposals Board, which was charged with disposing of surplus war materiel. He served on a number of public committees and Royal Commissions in the 1920s and 1930s.[2]

Frank was knighted in 1914,[3] appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1918 Birthday Honours[4] and created a baronet in the 1920 Birthday Honours for his wartime services.[5][6] He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 1924 Birthday Honours.[7]

He died suddenly of a heart attack after dinner at his home in Cheyne Walk, London. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eight-year-old son, also called Howard (born 5 April 1923). Later that year, his widow Nancy Muriel (née Brooks) married Wing Commander (later Air Marshal Sir) Arthur Coningham.[8] Lieutenant Sir Howard Frank was killed in action while serving with the Grenadier Guards on 10 September 1944 at the age of 21,[9] and was succeeded by his younger brother, Robert (born 16 March 1925).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1485. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Sir Howard Frank". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 11 January 1932. p. 14.
  3. ^ "No. 28806". The London Gazette. 24 February 1914. p. 1546.
  4. ^ "No. 30723". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1918. p. 6528.
  5. ^ "No. 31931". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1920. p. 6314.
  6. ^ "No. 32035". The London Gazette. 31 August 1920. p. 8860.
  7. ^ "No. 32941". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1924. p. 4414.
  8. ^ Who Was Who
  9. ^ The Times, 19 September 1944

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Withyham)
Succeeded by
Howard Frederick Frank