image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 4th October 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 27th April 1917; age 21; Died of Wounds at Guildford Hospital, Surrey – from the result of an accident while on observation duty with his officer in Arras on the 12th April 1917.

Residence: Victoria Street, Ipswich.

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.


Interred: 2nd May 1917

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




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 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.

Elizabeth, 26.

Elsie, 12.

 William’s grave at Ipswich Cemetery, photo taken as a post card.( If you are a family member please contact us.)

buried the 2nd May.

Memorial card.


Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Howitzar, 94th Brigade:

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