Francis is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Recorded as John Tennant on war records.


Born: 23rd October 1893, Stoke, Ipswich.

Baptised: 3rd June 1894, at Earsham, Norfolk. Parents: Fanny & John Tennant. Address: Earsham.

Died: 25th September 1915; age: 21; KiA.

Residence: Horley, Surrey. Mother’s address: 12, Portman Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Guildford, Surrey.


Rank: Private: Service Number: G/5288.

Regiment: Queen’s (Royal West Surrey), 1st Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Guard’s Cemetery Windy Corner,


Pas de Calais,





1901   8, Little Queen Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Francis was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother, sisters & cousin.

Fanny Tennant (nee Johnson), 39, born Carlton Colville, Suffolk.

Beatrice Maud Tennant, 15, born Carlton Colville – died June 1906, at the Workhouse East Preston, East Sussex.

Nora Elsie Tennant, 13, born Carlton Colville.

Doris Tennant, 5, born Earsham, Norfolk.

Cecil Johnson, 8, born Kelvedon Common, Essex.

1 boarder.


1911   12, Portman Street, Ipswich.

Francis was 17 years old, a Hairdresser. He was living with his mother & sisters.

Fanny, 50, Independent – own account.

Marjorie Tennant, 19, a Domestic Servant, born Carlton Colville.

Doris, 15, a Domestic Servant.


Francis’s father was William John Tennant, born 1854, Rockland All Saints, Norfolk – died 1899, in the district of Loddon, Norfolk. A Coal, Corn & Seed Merchant’s Clerk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frances Tennant – mother.


Probate to Florence Eva Wood (wife of Herbert Joseph Wood) – sister.


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