Francis Edwin Hansford


Francis Edwin Hansford


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Canadian Infantry
8th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


II. E. 15.



UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Francis Edwin Hansford was born in Sligo, Ireland on 29th September 1884, was one of five children born to Arthur Edgar Hansford, a P.O. in the Royal Navy (B 1849 in Powerstock, Dorset) and his wife, Rhoda Hansford, (nee Clark).  (B 1846 in Beauchamp, Somerset).

1891 Census records Francis aged 6, at School, living with his parents, brothers, Albert 9, Frederick 7, Robert 4, and sister Rosa 1, in St Ann’s Row, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. His father had now retired from the Royal Navy after 15 years’ service and was working as an Assistant Warder for H.M. Prison Service, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

1901 Census records Francis aged 16, and working as a Plumbers Boy, living with his parents, and four siblings at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, Block 3, Hammersmith, London. Where his father was a Prison Warden.

On the 30th April 1903, Francis sailed from Liverpool aboard the Allen Line “S.S. Ionian” for Quebec, Canada, arriving on 8th May 1903.

By 1915 his father had retired, and his parents moved to 12 Field Road, Oxhey, Herts.


Wartime Service

On the out break of war Francis was working as a House Painter, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He volunteered for war service and was Attested on 30th September 1915, in Winnipeg, and given the Service No. 187246. His service record gives the following details. He was a member of the Local Militia, was 6’ tall, with a 39 ½” chest, a dark complexion light blue eyes and dark brown hair. He also had a leaf with four violets tattooed on his right forearm and his occupation was a House Painter.


He sailed for the UK with his Battalion on 31st May 1916, aboard the “RMS Olympic” (Sister ship to the RMS Titanic) from Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving in the UK on 8th June 1916, he served on the Western Front and was Killed in Action at Willerval on 13 April 1917, aged 32. He is remembered with honour at the CWGC Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus in France. Grave Ref; II. E. 5. and on the St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Herts.


His Will requested that all his effects to go to his mother Rhoda, at 12, Field Road, Oxhey, Watford, Herts, England.

Additional Information

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