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,
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.