The Imperial War Museum has posted to Flickr a digitised collection of images of First World War soldiers, entitled “Faces of the First World War“. These images were amongst the first items collected by the museum when it was founded in 1917. One of these is a photograph of Francis Nicholas Andrews.
Francis was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Reverend John and Mary Alice Andrews (nee Baker). In 1901 they were living at Trysull Vicarage, together with Francis’s brother, Robert, and two servants, Lucy A. Barton and Lucy E. Carter. Francis attended the King’s School in Worcester. According to the Record of service of solicitors and articled clerks with His Majesty’s forces, 1914-1919 he later became an articled clerk to S. R. Andrews, of Bourne, Lincolnshire.
When the war broke out, Francis joined the Public Schools Battalion as a Private, and was later given a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 15th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, serving in France. On 11 October 1915, he died from sickness contracted as a result of wounds received. This was reported in the Express & Star on 22 September 1916. A note on the back of his medal card states “Rev J. W. Andrews applies for medals
on behalf of in respect of late son Lieut F. N. Andrews.” He is buried at the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. He is also commemorated on the Trysull war memorial, as well as on the war memorial for King’s School, Worcester, and on one of the King’s School Cloister windows at Worcester Cathedral.