Born: 1880, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Died: 4th May 1917; age: 27; Drowned at Sea – H.M.T. ‘Transylania’.
Residence: 62, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: G/38453
Regiment: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd/4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
1881 22, Havelock Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Robert was a year old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandfather.
Anson Francis, 33, a Grocer, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Susannah Francis (nee Roy), 30, born Burnham, Norfolk.
Susannah Ann Francis, 5, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Mary Francis, 4, born Great Yarmouth.
Thomas R. Francis, 2, born Great Yarmouth.
Ethel Francis, 5 months, born Great Yarmouth.
Thomas Francis, 73, a retired Rope Maker, born Lowestoft.
1 general servant.
1891 20, Westgate Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 11 years old and living with his father & siblings.
Anson, 40, a Glass & China Dealer – own account.
Catherine Francis, 9, born Great Yarmouth.
Edmund Cyril Francis, 5, born Bramford, Suffolk.
1 general domestic servant.
1901 20, Westgate Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 21 years old, a Hardware Assistant. He was living with his father & sisters.
Anson, 53, a Glass & China Shopkeeper – own account.
Ethel, 20, a Glass & China Assistant.
Constance Francis, 17, born Bramford.
1911 62, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich.
Robert was 31 years old, a Glass & China Dealer Assistant. He was living with his father & sisters.
Anson, 63, a Glass & China Dealer – own account.
On the 7th October 1913, Christ Church, Leeds, Yorkshire, Robert married Florence Mary Garnes, born 1889, Debenham, Suffolk. Robert was 34 years old, a Clerk, of 62, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Florence M. Francis – widow.
The H.M.T. Transylvania, defensively armed, built 1914, 14,315 grt, was torpedoed in the port engine on 4th May 1917 by the German U-boat U63 2½ miles South from Cape Vado, Gulf of Genoa, Italy, Mediterranean Sea. She was carrying Government stores and troops from Marseilles to Alexandria, and was owned by Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) Ltd of Glasgow.http://www.merseysiderollofhonour.co.uk/obits/ships/transylvania.htm
The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd/4th Battalion: