Born: 1897, Ipswich
Died: 30th August 1916; age 19; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1882
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & Territorial Force War Medal.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A,
1901 Back Hamlet, Ipswich.
Francis was 4 years old and living with his mother & brothers.
Annie Maria Soar (nee Allard), 29, Charwoman, born Great Blakenham, Suffolk.
William Israel Soar, 7, born Ipswich.
Charles Valentine Soar, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 4, Steam Mill Place, Pottery Street, Ipswich.
Francis was 14 years old, a worker at Boot Factory. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Israel Robert Soar, 45, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.
William, 17, a worker at Boot Factory.
Bertie Cecil Soar, 8, born Ipswich.
Beatrice Annie Soar, 4, born Ipswich.
Ernest Albert Soar, 1, born Ipswich.
24th August 33rd Division were able to make further progress to the north east of Delville wood, the battalion moving forward to a different set of trenches in Fricourt wood. At 03:45 on the 25th a bombardment opened for an attack two hours later. That afternoon the battalion advanced first to Montauban Alley and then Carleton trench, and during the night to Savoy trench and George street. When going round the trenches at daybreak on the 26th. On the 28th the battalion moved up into the newly captured portion of the Wood lane, the company in support in Orchard street being heavily shelled. On August 30th the Germans made a violent bombing attack on Wood Lane, but this was repulsed with loss, they bombarded Orchard trench once more, causing a good many casualties, including Captain B St. J. Glanfield and 2nd Liuts. C.W. Botton and C. M. Oliver, Wounded. Shortly afterwards Captain Glanfield died of wounds. The next day the battalion went back to camp near Dernancourt.
extract from Suffolk Regiment history 1914-1927 Lt col C.C.R. Murphy.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: