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1st/5th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
30 june 1887 , Edgbaston
2 june 1915
Son of John and Ethel Francis, of 7, Westbourne Rd., Edgbaston
Educated at Uppingham and Gottingen , Germany
Director and secretary of Deakin & Francis , Manufacturing Jewellers
Berks Cemetery Extension
Plot III , Row D , Stone 19
30 october 1909
5 august 1914
21 march 1915
2 june 1915
He joined the 5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Warwicks on its organisation
On the outbreak of war he volunteered for Imperial Service.
Was promoted Captain
Left with his unit for France on 21 march 1915.
Killed in action by a sniper
Originally buried in the 5th Battalion Warwicks Cemetery , White Gates, Petit Pont , Ploegsteert.
The Colonel of the Battalion wrote :
"He belonged to a fine battalion. He was proud of the battalion and they of him" , and after remarking on the loyal spirit of the corps, pointing out that 900 of the 960 menvolunteered for foreign service, continued " It was the officers of the type of Johnny Francis, as he was known in the mess, that made the regimentwhat it was. Francis loved the regiment, loved his company and his men were devoted to him.
Amidst 30 or 40 officers there are bound to be degrees of character, force and capacity, but in Francis I had a perfect soldier. As to character , he was the soul of honour, a disciplined officer , a true friend. He had a keen sense of justice and a sort of rough lovingkindness to his men which made them value him. As to force, he was a born commander, a leader of men. As to capabilities, he was clever, knew his job throughly and had a way of imparting his knowledge to his men, and he was hard-working ; he was never idle. As to courage, there never was a braver man. He was not merely a brave fool who saw no danger. I think he was the kind of man who enjoyed danger. He would take a fearful punishment on the football field or in a bocing match with the utmost good temper."
A Memorial Cross was erected in the Churchyard at Fladbury, and was dedicated by the Bishop of Worcester, June 1916. Captain Francis, who was the first officer to fall of the 5th and 6th Warwicks, was the great grandson of John Francis , who was the first man to be given a commission as Lieutenant in the Volunteer movemenet of 1803.
He was a well-known player for the Moseley Rugby Club.