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Arnold
Francis was born at Arnold, in 1879, the son of George and Mary Maria Saxton. He was raised locally and attended the British School, Front Street, Arnold. In the 1911 Cencus the family are shown living at Redhill, Arnold, his mother is a widow and he is 32 yrs of age, single and a packer and furniture remover by trade.
He was employed as a packer and furniture remover
12 Oct 1917
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828766 - CWGC Website
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Lance Sergeant
7th Bn Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
He enlisted into the Rifle Brigade at Nottingham and after training was posted to their 7th battalion which had been formed at Winchester in August 1914 as a part of the Kitchener 1 formation.On the 9th of October 1917, the focus of the British offensive which was a part of the Third Battle of Ypres (opened in July 1917), had moved to the north east of the town. On the 12th, they attacked the village of Passchendaele but without success. It was during this attack that Francis was killed in action, his body was never identified (due to the heavy artillery barrages which were used by both sides) and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Panel 145 to 147
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Panel 145 to 147
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