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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62700

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Hi everyone, new to all this so any help given would be greatly appreciated.
Im trying to find anything really on my Grandad, Charles George Francis, Private 3579 , 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.
He was born in Norwich around January 1885, so that would have made him 14 years old at the start of the Boer War ?
Apparantly he was wounded 3rd March 1901 in Lichtenburg.
Any further info on him would be brilliant
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62701

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Welcome to the Forum. The medal rolls for the 1st NF show your "3579 Pte. C.Francis" as entitled to the clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal on his QSA and the usual date clasps on his KSA. The Palmer Casualty roll shows your GF as "slightly wounded" at Lichtenburg on 3/3/1901. If you have access to a commercial site, you may be able to access his personal papers - which may be of interest.
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62702

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Wayne,

His service papers survived. You can access them at cost on line or free at The National Archives in London.

www.findmypast.co.uk/search/results?sour...ountry=great+britain
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62704

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WO97 suggests he was actually nineteen years and ten months old upon joining the Army, I would have a closer look at this if I were you and if there is still any doubt whatsoever, simply order a copy of his birth certificate.




Wayne64 wrote: Hi everyone, new to all this so any help given would be greatly appreciated.
Im trying to find anything really on my Grandad, Charles George Francis, Private 3579 , 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.
He was born in Norwich around January 1885, so that would have made him 14 years old at the start of the Boer War ?
Apparantly he was wounded 3rd March 1901 in Lichtenburg.
Any further info on him would be brilliant
Thank you
Wayne

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Many thanks, Frank and IL
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62707

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Wow thank you all for the fast replies.
He died in 1961 aged 76 so his birth year is 1885.
My Father told me that he was wounded in the leg and the medics tied his veins together, he was later discharged from the Army in 1917 with varicose veins.
I will look further as to your suggestions
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