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Rifleman Francis King

2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Service No: 8373

Francis King grave





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


Killed in Action 02/03/1915


Coatbridge 1914


Motherwell Iron Works


36 / DOB - /07/1878

Buried / Remembered

Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Kemmel Chateau was north-east of Kemmel village and the cemetery was established on the north side of the chateau grounds in December 1914. It continued to be used by divisions fighting on the southern sectors of the Belgian front until March 1918, when after fierce fighting involving both Commonwealth and French forces, the village and cemetery fell into German hands in late April. The cemetery was retaken later in the year, but in the interval it was badly shelled and the old chateau destroyed. There are 1,135 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery and 21 from the Second World War (which all date from the Allied withdrawal ahead of the German advance of May 1940).

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).

  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  remembered at home

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