Francis was born in 1892 in Halkyn. The census forms tell us some of the family story. The 1891 census completed before Francis was born places the family in Nant, Halkyn. The father John was a 25 year old coal miner. His wife Jane was 30 and their son Alfred W was just 5 months old.
The family lived at Catch, Halkyn in 1901. John was now listed as 37 (?) and a lead miner. Jane was 41 and the family had grown considerably. Alfred W was 10, Francis 8, Alice J 7, Gwladys A 4, Sarah B 2 and Robert J 8 months.
The 1911 census records the family still living at Catch Halkyn. John was 47 and a lead miner, Jane was 52, Francis was 18 and was ‘working underground’, Nellie was 12, Robert J was 10, Richard A was 9 and Frederick was 20, single and a spinner at the silk works. The form says she had given birth to 7 children and all were still alive. They lived in 3 rooms.
(We are a bit confused about the children as there seem to be 9 different names not 7. We are also unsure about where Frederick popped up from. Where had he been on the earlier census forms?)
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.Ancestry.co.uk Tells us that Francis enlisted in Halkyn and that he had previously been in the Royal Horse Artillery. He had ‘died’.
There is a card for Francis in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archives Office at Hawarden. It gives regimental details as above and additionally tells us that he served 5 months and that he was ‘accidently killed’ in France. It was signed by Jane Nuttall his mother