Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS (photo added)

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Rank Lance Corporal
Forenames ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob'
Surname FRANCIS (photo added)
Initials R W
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Saturday, 08 July 1944
Age 24
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From CHINGFORD, ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 6404823
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Corps of Military Police
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 3 Divisional Provost Company
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location I. B. 7.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph GOD TOOK OUR LOVED ONE FROM OUR HOME, NEVER FROM OUR HEARTS. DORIS AND NORMA
Family Details SON OF CLARENCE HENRY AND MINNIE LYDIA FRANCIS; HUSBAND OF DORIS FRANCIS, OF CHINGFORD, ESSEX.

Additional Information

 

Brother and sisters.
Clarence, ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob',
Minnie and Lillian FRANCIS.
Undated photograph.

 

 

ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS' parents, Minnie and Clarence.

 

 

ROBERT WILLIAM FRANCIS' twin sisters, Lillian and Minnie.

 

 

Wedding of ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS' brother Clarence and Laura May 1940.
From left to right: Minnie (sister), ROBERT, Minnie (mother) Clarence (father),
Clarence (brother), Laura (sister-in-Law), Lillian (sister) is far right.

 

 

Wedding of Clarence 'Clarry' to Laura in Walthamstow May 1940.
ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS (right) was best man for his brother. 

 

 

Doris (nee Ranger) and ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCES on their wedding day,
23rd November 1940 at Cuckfield Sussex.

 

 

Minnie Francis after joining the army.

 

 

Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS' last letter, and transcript,
to his sister Minnie, dated 1st July (1944).

 

 

Minnie's last letter to her brother ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.
dated 11 July 1944. Marked 'deceased' and returned to sender.

 

 

Newspaper notices following the death
of Lance Coporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.

 

 

Norma, daughter of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' and Doris FRANCIS,
born in 1944 after Robert was killed in Normandy.
Norma passed away in 1993.

 

 

Last known photograph of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS and his wife Doris.
 

 

Letter from Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS' widow Doris, and transcript,
dated 10th August (1944) to her mother-in-law, Minnie, regarding information
about the death of her husband and Minnie's son.

 

 

Death Certificate for Lance Coporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.

 

 

 

 

Service Records for

Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS

 

References
1. Photographs, letters and documents, unless otherwise stated, all kindly provided by Wendy Snowdon, niece of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph: Wendy Snowdon, Niece of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.
Individual photograph: Wendy Snowdon, Niece of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.
Additional photographs provided by: Wendy Snowdon, Niece of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS and Carl Shilleto.
Additional information provided by: Wendy Snowdon, Niece of Lance Corporal ROBERT WILLIAM 'Bob' FRANCIS.

 

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What other people have said

England

Wendy

Remembering you on this day xx

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Alliance, OH United States

Betty Albright

A great hero, truly great!

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015
England

Wendy

You were one of the 799 killed on this day. God bless you all RIP xx

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015
England

wendy

You went over on 6th June 1944...You never returned..RIP

On Saturday, June 6, 2015
England

Wendy

VE weekend we remember our loved ones who never returned. RIP xx

On Sunday, May 10, 2015
England

Wendy Snowdon

Today our family got together, we looked at old family pictures, our thoughts turned to our loved ones who died so we might be free today. Your photo was passed round and you were remembered. RIP Uncle Bob

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015
england

carol-anne kibbin nee francis

Remembering my Uncle Bob with love and pride

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014
England

Wendy

Remembering you today Uncle Bob. Killed 70 years ago today in Caen

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014
England

Wendy

Never Forgotten RIP

On Friday, February 14, 2014
France

JOSSELIN Martine

Your life was rich and full of family affection until you fell for our freedom. So many thanks.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014