Born: 6th April 1899 Walsall Staffordshire, Charles was baptised at St Georges on 3rd May 1899. The son of Charles Henry & Emma Francis. Charles Snr was a Porter on London North Western Railways which is probably why the family moved to Buxton.
1901 Census: Living @ 1 Oakland Cottages, Fairfield aged 2 yrs.
1911 Census: Aged 12yrs @ School.
1917: Enlisted as Henry Charles Francis
Address: 5 Hogshaw Villas, Lightwood Road, the home Charles left to go to War.
The Buxton Advertiser 2nd November 1918 had reported Charles death the week before however they had been supplied with the photograph and added the following:- Writing to the relatives the Captain of his company says:- “He was with the others occupying an advanced post, when a Bosch shell landed amongst them, killing four and wounding one. Your son was unfortunately amongst the killed. The poor fellow suffered no pain, as he was killed instantaneously. Your son was always such a brave lad and cheerful in the most trying circumstances. His platoon officer thought a great deal of him and always had a good word to say for him. The loss of him and the others has cast gloom over the whole of my company, and we all officers, NCO’s and men offer you our most sincere and deepest sympathy in your great loss. The body was brought in last night with others to my headquarters, and tonight I shall send him down the line, where he will have a good burial.
Kandahar Farm Cemetery Plot 11.J.2.