Francis, William (No. 7706)

Francis, William

Private

No. 7706, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of wounds on Sunday 16 May 1915

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Le Touret Memorial, France (Panel 16 and 17)

BIOGRAPHY

In Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 – 1918 it is recorded that Private William Francis (No. 7706) was born in Newtownards.

Private William Francis (No. 7706) made his will on 14 December 1914 in the field.  In his will he left ‘the whole of his property and effects to Miss M. McCrory, 16 Hamilton Street, Londonderry.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects his sole legatee is named as Maggie McCrory.

On his pension card his mother is named as Mary Ann Whan of 80 Northbrook Street, Belfast.

In 1911 Mary Ann Whan (aged 54) and her husband, George Whan (aged 74), lived at 24 Cussick Street, Belfast with their children, Sarah (aged 18), James (aged 17) and Martha (aged 15).

George Whan and Mary Ann Francis were married around 1892 and they had four children including:

Sarah (born 4 March 1893 at 51 Theodore Street, Belfast)

James (born 23 September 1894 at 19 Belgrave Street, Belfast)

Martha (born 9 May 1896 at 19 Belgrave Street, Belfast)

During the Great War, Private William Francis (No. 7706) served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 5th Brigade of the 2nd Division and he died of wounds on 16 May 1915.

Private William Francis (No. 7706) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.