Private Francis William Wells

Date of Birth 10 July 1895
Age at Death 21
Date of Death 16 September 1916
Service Number TF/3173
Military Service 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Merton Address 34 Harewood Road, Merton
Local Memorial Rutlish School, Merton

Additional Information

Francis was born in Mitcham on 10 July 1895, and baptised about a month later, on 18 August at All Saints Church in South Wimbledon. He was the middle child of William Hadley and Marian Wells, with older sister Honoria and younger brother Frederick. The family resided at Aylesbeare in Mitcham, then moved to 34 Harewood Road in Merton, where they were living at the time of the 1911 census. His father, William was an elementary school teacher, later head teacher, and his sister Honoria was training to become a teacher as well. Francis attended Rutlish School, and worked as a bank clerk before the war.

Francis enlisted in 1914, and arrived in Egypt on 1 September 1915. He was later moved to the Western Front near Thiepval, where he was killed in action on 16 September 1916.


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