Francis Sheldon was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, the son of Stephen Joseph Sheldon. In 1901, he is living at 23 Old Mill Street together with his father, his brothers Albert S., George H. and Sidney E., his step-mother Elizabeth Maud, and stepbrothers Albert, Harold and Maurice Kendrick. Francis married Gertrude Lewis in West Bromwich in 1915.
Francis enlisted with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (number 267263). In recognition of his “good conduct and bravery”, his commanding officer sent him home on special leave in the summer of 1917. Four days after returning to duty at the front, on 22 August 1917, he was shot by a sniper and killed in action. He is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial and was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 6 October 1917.