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CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« on: Friday 08 June 18 09:54 BST (UK) »
CWGC wish to make contact with any family members of Gunner Bernard Francis. died 15/5/1921

RMA/14710 Gunner Bernard Francis 8th R.M. Bn.  Royal Marine Artillery
killed in ambush 14/5/21

FIND A GRAVE

   
St John Sub Castro Churchyard Lewes, Lewes District, East Sussex.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17832254

If you are related - CWGC would love to hear from you

https://www.cwgc.org/

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 June 18 09:58 BST (UK) »
Bernard Francis was born Lewes on 17 August 1898, the son of a corporation street paver, and is found with his family at 38 Sun Street in 1901 and at 16 Talbot Terrace in 1911. He was himself a corporation labourer when he enlisted in the Royal Navy in September 1915, shortly after his 17th birthday. He served throughout the Great War as a naval gunner on Admiral Beatty’s flagship, the battlecruiser HMS Lion.

He remained in the Royal Navy after the war and was posted to a coastguard station in Ireland. On 14 May 1921 Bernard Francis and another Royal Marine were out walking near their station at Eastferry, Queenstown, when they were kidnapped by the I.R.A., murdered, and their bodies dumped in a quarry. His body was returned to his family home, Mill House, Talbot Terrace, and he was buried with full military honours in St John-sub-Castro churchyard. The 20 May 1921 Sussex Express carried a report of his death, and the following week’s newspaper a report of his funeral.

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 June 18 10:19 BST (UK) »
Sister Alice Francis married Charles H Southern - 1919 - Lewes Sussex - 2 b 508

Alice passed away in 1938 - Lewes - 2b 237

The couple may have had 3 children

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 June 18 10:25 BST (UK) »
Sister Emily E Francis married Albert Wright - June 1919 - Steyning - 2b 861

Sister Eunice Francis married Harry Unwin - December 1920 - 8d 926
Couple possibly divorced  ???

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #4 on: Friday 08 June 18 12:35 BST (UK) »
Bernard with family in 1901    St John sub Castro Lewes Sussex.

RG13 Piece 915 Folio 113 Page 27

Levi Francis   52 Alice Francis   46
Alice E Francis   14 Emily E Francis   7
Eunice Francis   4 Bernard Francis   2

Family in 1911

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #5 on: Friday 08 June 18 12:38 BST (UK) »
Mother Alice Francis passed away Q1 - 1910 - Lewes - 2b 123

Levi Francis 1848 - passed away  December 1926 - Lewes - - 2b 224

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Re: CWGC Appeal for relatives of Gunner Bernard Francis
« Reply #6 on: Friday 08 June 18 12:50 BST (UK) »
Euncie and Harry Unwil have a son Philip B S Unwin in 1922 - Phillip Bernard S Unwin born 22/3/1922 passed away 01/2001 Warrington. Cheshire. C54C - District and Subdistrict 3461C

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