Other names: Frank
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetHailsham, SussexFranceEast Grinstead, Sussex
Story: Frank Francis was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Sep 1888 the son of Frederick Francis and Elizabeth Jane Francis (nee Moore). He spent all of his early life in and around East Orchard. He married Ada Chorley at East Orchard on 13 Apr 1914 and they went on to have two children. Frank enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 but was not embodied until 29 May 1916 when he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5805). He was transferred to the 25th (Reserve) Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Service No. 2134) on 26 Aug 1916 and again to the Royal Surrey Regiment on 5 Mar 1917 and, finally, to the 443rd Agricultural (134th Labour Company) of the Labour Corps (Service No. 79957). He had served in France and was demobilized on 22 Feb 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.. By the 1939 Register he and his family had moved to 24 Sackville Gardens, East Grinstead, Sussex, where he worked as a Corn Merchant's Labourer. He died in the Hailsham, Sussex, Registry area in 1963.