Private Albert John Francis

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for this research.

Albert John Francis Birth Registration © findmypast.co.uk
Albert John Francis Birth Registration © findmypast.co.uk
Albert John Francis Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Albert John Francis Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Albert John Francis was born in the 3rd quarter of 1893 at Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey and was baptised on the 13th of August 1893 at St Mary, Holmwood, Surrey.

He was the son of William James and Elizabeth Francis of 16 Spring Cottages, South Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey.

Albert John Francis 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Albert John Francis 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Albert lived at Breakspear Cottages, Holmwood, Surrey and worked as a garden labourer.

He was part of the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. His regimental number was 32502 and he was a private. Albert enlisted at Guildford, Surrey; and at the time of the enlistment lived at Holmwood, Surrey.

His previous regiment was the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (regimental number 12907).

Albert was killed in action on the 15th of January 1917 in France. He is buried at Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet in Somme, France. His grave reference is II.D.3 and his headstone reads ´Gone but not Forgotten´. Albert is also commemorated at the South Holmwood Memorial.

Albert John Francis WW1 Service Medal Roll British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk
Albert John Francis WW1 Service Medal Roll British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded with the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Albert was 23 years old.

Born                            South Holmwood, Surrey
Lived                           South Holmwood, Surrey

Son of                         William James and Elizabeth Francis of 16 Spring Cottages, South Holmwood

Enlisted                       Guildford, Surrey

Regiment                     1st Battalion. South Staffordshire Regiment
Number                       32502

Date of Death              15th January 1917
Place of Death             Somme, France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              23

Cemetery                     Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet