Research and text by Brian Roote
Francis was born in Worcester on 28 January 1895 to John and Elizabeth Pattmore. They moved to Croydon and lived at 5 Elliott House, Elliott Road, Thornton Heath. He was educated at Royal Grammar School Worcester and St Mark’s College Chelsea where he obtained a BSc. He became an assistant master at Selhurst Grammar School.
Francis enlisted at Westminster on 3 November 1915. He went to France and was killed in action on 14 April 1917. He is buried in Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension.
His effects post war were £2 8s. 4d. plus War Gratuity £6 to mother Elizabeth. He also left her £181 19s. 7d. in his will.
He is remembered in National Union of Teachers Roll, Croydon Roll of Honour (as published in Croydon and the Great War, edited by Ald. H. Keatley Moore, 1920) and Selhurst Grammar School Roll of Honour (previously known as The Borough Grammar School for Boys).