Date of birth: 1890 (Q2)
Parents: Joseph and Eliza Robinson
Address: 3 Woodcote Road
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Francis was baptised on 11th June 1890 at St Paul’s, Warwick. His parents were living on West Rock, Warwick and his father Joseph was a carpenter.
In 1901 Joseph and Eliza were living at 12/10 North Rock, Saltisford, Warwick with sons Albert (27) and Francis (11), daughter Bertha (17) and a boarder who was working as a wheelwright. Eliza and Bertha worked as laundresses, from home, while Albert was a general labourer.
In 1911 Francis was living with his parents, his older brother Albert and a lodger at 86 Coventry Road, Warwick. He was working as a motor mechanic as was the lodger, George Voisey.
Joseph and Eliza had had 10 children but only 4 had survived.
Francis’s father died in March 1918 aged 77, just 3 months after his son.
This notice of Francis’s death suggests that his mother had moved to Priory Terrace, Waller Road, by 1917.
Rank & Number: Private, M2/137321
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps
Date of death: Sunday, December 02, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Died in hospital in Southampton
Commemorated/Buried: Warwick Cemetery - Consectrated Section 236 grave 17
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church
Francis joined the Royal Army Service Corps in Birmingham in November 1915 just for the duration of the war. His skills as a motor mechanic were probably in high demand.
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record office