WILLIAM THOMAS FRANCIS

 

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.

 

Laid to rest on the 2nd May 1917

Grave Reference:

BA.I.30.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Thomas William Francis & Elizabeth Jane Francis, of 37, Peel Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

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.

Elizabeth, 26.

Elsie, 12.

 

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 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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