The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

William Francis

William Francis served with the Welsh Regiment on the Western Front and died of his wounds in January 1917 whilst being operated on. He was wounded and evacuated to the base hospital at Boulogne where he died of his wounds on 13th January 1917, aged 31.

The information on William Francis has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameWilliam Francis
Date of Death13th January 1917
Place of DeathBoulogne, France
Age at Death
Unit and RegimentWelsh Regiment; 18th Bn.
RankLance Corporal
Service Number28582
Additional InformationBorn Warminster Wilts. Enlisted Ystalyfera. Prior to the war, William was working as a coal hewer at Abercrave and living at Shop House.
Died of Wounds. 
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family Details
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From the Labour Voice newspaper, 27th January 1917 :-

We regret to learn that Private W. Francis (Welsh Regiment) died of wounds at a base hospital in France on Saturday of last week. His right arm and left leg had been amputated and he succumbed during the operation.

William Francis was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.


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