EDWARD JAMES FRANCIS

 

 

Born: 16th October 1870, Stuston, Suffolk.

Died: 16th June 1916; age 46; Died of Heart Failure following Pneumonia at the Chatsworth Royal Naval Convalescent Hospital, Edensor, Derbyshire.

Present at the death: W.J. McGinnes.

Residence: 5, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment: Location: Chatham, Kent; occupation: Errand Boy. Signed up for 12 years. Height: 5ft 2 3/4 on joining 5ft 4 1/2ins at 18 years old, fair complexion, blue eyes & light hair. Spot tattooed back of right hand and spot tattooed on left forearm.

 

Service:

Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 15th September 1886 – 25th September 1886

Lion – Boy 2nd Class – 26th September 1886

Lion – Boy 1st Class – 28th September 1887 – 1st May 1888

Defiance – Boy 1st Class – 2nd May 1888 – 10th September 1888

R. Adelaide – Boy 1st Class – 11th September 1888 – 13th September 1888

Iron Duke – Boy 1st Class – 14th September 1888

Iron Duke – Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class – 16th October 1888

Iron Duke – Ordinary Seaman – 1st May 1889 – 8th May 1890

Wildfire – Ordinary Seaman – 9th May 1890 – 4th June 1890

Calypso – Ordinary Seaman – 5th June 1890 – 4th December 1890

Wildfire – Ordinary Seaman – 5th December – 1890 – 31st March 1891

Wallaroo – Ordinary Seaman – 1st April 1891 – 4th November 1891

Curacoa – Ordinary Seaman – 5th November 1891

Curacoa – Stoker 2nd Class – 2nd October 1893

Curacoa – Stoker – 1st March 1894 – 31st May 1895

Pembroke II – Stoker – 1st June 1895 – 17th January 1897

Wildfire II – Stoker – 18th January 1897 – 7th February 1897

Pembroke II – Stoker – 8th February 1897 – 31st March 1897

Pelorus – Stoker – 1st April 1897 – 17th January 1898

Pembroke II – Stoker – 18th January 1898 – 14th October 1898

Icarus – Stoker – 15th October 1898 – 9th June 1900

Leander – Stoker – 10th June 1900 – 20th December 1900

Pembroke II – Stoker – 21st December 1900 – 21st December 1900 – Shore.

 

Conduct – Very Good.

 

Rank: Trimmer; Service Number: 505.S.T.(Ch)

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserves, H.M.S. ‘Pembroke.’

 

Grave Reference:

H.H. Div.1. 49a.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William James & Emma Francis; husband of Mrs Grace Francis, of 5, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS    

 

1871   Brome House, Stuston, Suffolk.

 

Edward was a year old and living with his parents.

William James Francis, 25, an Agricultural Labourer, born Woolwich, Kent.

Emma Francis (nee Howlett), 19, born Scole, Norfolk.

 

1881   Cottage, Stuston, Suffolk.

 

Edward was 11 years old and living with his grandparents.

David Howlett, 53, an Agricultural Labourer, born Stuston.

Sarah Howlett, 49, born Scole, Norfolk.

1 lodger.

 

1891   Town Farm, Ditchingham, Norfolk.

 

Edward was 19 years old, a Servant – Farm Labourer for 41 year old, George Read, a Farmer.

 

1901   Curriers Arms Lane, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 31 years old, a Postman. He was married and Head of the Household.

Grace, 33.

Charles, 1.

 

1911   5, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 41 years old, a Stoker Refuse Destructor – Corporation. He was Head of the Household.

Grace, 43.

Violet,

13.

Charles, 11.

Edward, 7.

father-in-law James Sutton, 88, a widower.

 

In 1895, Ipswich, Edward married Grace Sutton, born 1868, Ipswich.

They had 3 children:

Violet Grace Francis, born July 1897, Ipswich.

Charles James Francis, born June 1899, Ipswich.

Edward William Francis, born September 1904, Ipswich.

 

Edward’s father, William James Francis died 1892, Ipswich.

 

Edward is also remembered on the war memorial under Public Health at the Town Hall, Ipswich.

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ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE

(RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy (RN). The present Royal Naval Reserve was formed in 1958 by merging the original Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), a reserve of civilian volunteers founded in 1903.

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