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:


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 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 postcard. (If you are a family member please contact us)

Laid to rest the 2nd May.

Memorial card.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top