Born: 16th October 1870, Stuston, Norfolk.

Died: 16th June 1916; age 46; Died from Disease.

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,




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




1871   Brome House, Stuston, Norfolk.


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, Norfolk.


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 House Hold.

Grace, 43.



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 1898, Ipswich.

Charles James Francis, born 1900, Ipswich.

Edward William Francis, born 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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(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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