image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Born: 4th October 1895, Ipswich.
Died: 27th April 1917; age 21; Died of Wounds from the result of an accident while on observation duty with his officer in Arras on the 12th April 1917 – Gun Shot Wound to the right leg and Haemorrhage from femoral artery, at the War Hospital, Warren Road, Guildford, Surrey.
Informant: Lt.-Col. Herbert A. Powell – officer in charge of War Hospital, Warren Road, Guildford.
Residence: The Liberal Club, Victoria Street, Ipswich.
Occupation: a Shop Assistant.
Enlistment Date: 27th November 1914; Location: Hammersmith, London.
Date of Entry Therein; 9th September 1915 – France.
Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 46618
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Howitzar, 94th Brigade.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Thomas William Francis & Elizabeth Jane Francis, of 37, Peel Street, Ipswich.
1901 Pump Street, Ipswich.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Thomas William Francis, 25, a Wallman, born Orford, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Jane Francis (nee Whitman), 26, born Ipswich.
Elsie Blanche Francis, 2, born Orford.
1911 22, James Street, Ipswich.
William was 15 years old, a Grocer’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & sister.
Thomas, 37, a Furniture Packer.
Soldiers’ Effects to Thomas W. Francis – father, Elizabeth J. Francis – mother, and Elsie Blanche Francis – sister.
A possible link to Northgate High School Memorial. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
William’s grave at Ipswich Cemetery, photo taken as a postcard. (If you are a family member please contact us)
Laid to rest the 2nd May.