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Rifleman Francis King

2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Service No: 8373

Francis King grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Patrick and Mary O`Donnell King. Brother of Mrs Helen Miller and Mrs Margaret Bennett

Born / Resided

St Helens, Lancashire / 62 Coats St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 02/03/1915

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1914

Employed

Motherwell Iron Works

Age

36 / DOB - /07/1878

Buried / Remembered

Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Additional Information

Francis joined the Army in 1897. Initially he joined the Scottish Rifles but quickly transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles and served 2 years in South Africa followed by 5 years in India before returning home to join the Reserve in 1905. Francis then lodged with Mr and Mrs Curtis for 7 years working in the Phoenix Iron Works and Clifton Iron Works before being recalled to the Royal Irish Rifles at the outbreak of war. He was killed along with a comrade during a German counter attack. Francis is listed as PRIVATE on the Memorial. Also remembered on the St Patricks Church Roll of Honour and the St Helens War Memorial in Lancashire (see photos).

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  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  remembered at home

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