Son of Arthur Edgar and Rhoda Hansford, of 12, Field Rd., Oxhey, Watford, England. Francis was born in Sligo, Ireland on 29th September 1884. At the time he enlisted his parents were living in Oxhey and he in Canada (he attested in Winnipeg). He worked as a house painter and was active in the militia. He 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.