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Francis was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of William and Frances Jackson. He was baptised at St Luke’s Church on 7 October 1897. I have not, however, been able to find him in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses.

Francis enlisted as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery (service number 100724), serving with the “Y” 25th Trench Mortar Battery. He first entered the war on 14 December 1915, but he was killed in action on 18 January 1917. He is buried at Berks Cemetery Extension in Belgium.