SchoolIpswich Grammar School, Queensland
OccupationStudent of Engineering
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, John Vijus Francis, Thorne Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date16 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name9th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 1 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 14 March 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialGuards' Cemetery (Plot X, Row X, Grave No. 4), Lesboeufs, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on University of Queensland Roll of Honour ('Pro Patria Ceciderunt'; They fell for their Country), St Lucia, Queensland. Parents: John Vigers and Isobel FRANCIS, Ipswich, Queensland

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. Though severely wounded when leading his platoon in the attack he continued for four hours to command the party protecting the exposed flank of the main body against a heavy attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Lt Eric FRANCIS, 8th Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919; [1786] 2nd Lt Vincent FRANCIS, 42nd Bn, returned to Australia, 30 January 1918; Vincent and Eric, brothers. Both officers
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal