Other names: Francis George
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetFrance & FlandersSailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery, Near Arras, FranceBlandford, Dorset
Story: Francis George Harris was born in 1897 in Farnham, Dorset and baptised there on 7th February, 1897. He was the son of Charles Harris, a Farm Labourer, and Edith Emily Harris (née Hiscock). His siblings included Walter James, (b. 1898) who also died in the war and Reginald Henry Charles Harris (b. 1895) who served and survived. At the time of the 1911 Census Francis was single, working as a Farm Carter and living at Farnham, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted at Blandford as a Private and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 11339). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of wounds on 21st August 1916 and was buried at Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery, Near Arras, France (grave id. II.C.13). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial in St. Lawrence's Church. His death and that of his brother Walter are also commemorated in the churchyard on the headstone of grandparents Francis Rogers Hiscock and Emily Hiscock.