11 June 1900 to 1 November 1985
24 Kitto Road, New Cross
Francis is shown on the 1911 census as living at this address with his father Philip Francis, his mother Emily and his brothers Arthur Frederick Milton and Herbert Edward Milton. His brothers were also members of the FAU and also served in France. He was single and an apprentice warehouse-man.
He was a member of the Society of Friends and attended the Peckham Prayer meeting, as did his brothers.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War
Francis was a member of the Friends Ambulance Unit and held an exempted protection certificate.
Alternative Service during the War
He served with the Friends Ambulance Unit from 23 June, 1918 to 28 February, 1919. He had a British Red Cross Society First Aid Certificate and served in France as an orderly from 2 August, 1918 until he left the Unit in 1919.
After the First World War
He married Alice Dora Thompson in 1931.
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
Copy of his FAU service card, copyright of the Society of Friends in Britain. The photograph above is from his service card and is also copyright of Religious Society of Friends in Britain.
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, November 2014.
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