Other names: Francis Hubert
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetDorchester, DorsetCoppice Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetBournemouth, Hampshire
Story: Francis Hubert Stainer was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 11th July 1896, the son of Gideon Stainer and Emily Stainer (née Sims). He lived most of his life, apart from Military Service, in and around the Shaftesbury area. He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Territorial Soldier with the rank of Private (Service No. 0593). He later transferred to the 1st/4th Battalion with Service No. 1676. Following the end of the conflict he remained with his regiment until his discharge in 1923. It is not known which theatre of war he served in but he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal. He had married Beatrice May Ailies in Dorchester, Dorset, on 17th October 1920 and they went on to have a number of children. The 1921 Electoral Register shows him living still in Bozley Hill. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 59 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Confectioner and Cake Maker. His death is recorded in the Bournemouth, Hampshire, Registry in 1987. His brothers, Austin Frederick Stainer, Ernest Stainer, William Edgar Stainer and Harry Gilbert Stainer, also served in the conflict.