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Francis Nicholas Andrews

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Francis Nicholas Andrews
15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Died 11th October 1915

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Birth

Name:
Francis Nicholas Andrews

Date of birth:
1895

Place of Birth:
Trysull, Staffordshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Juan -Mar 1895

Place of Birth Registration:
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

Occupation:

Marriage

No marriage for Francis has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Family

Father’s Name:
John Wilson Andrews

Father’s DOB:
1854

Father’s Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Clergyman

Mother’s Name:
Mary Alice Baker

Mother’s DOB:
1858

Mothers POB:
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1889 Bridgnorth District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Robert G Andrews, 1892, Trysull
Francis Nicholas Andrews, 1895, Trysull
Plus 1 more which name are unknown taken from the 1911 census

1901 Census:
Francis is living with his parents in Trysull, Staffordshire

1911 Census:
Not found

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Belfast News Letter Thursday 21st October 1915
Second-Lieutenant F. N. Andrews
Second – Lieutenant Francis Nicholas Andrews, 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who died in hospital in France on 11th October, was the only surviving child of Rev J. W. and Mrs Andrews, of Trysull Vicarage, Staffs and was 20 years old. He was educated at the King’s School, Worcester and was afterwards articled to solicitor. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and received his commission in December 1914 when he was transferred to the North Belfast Volunteers. He served at Ballykinlar Camp and made many friends on this side during his stay in Ulster.

Larne Times Saturday 23rd October 1915
DEAD
Sec-Lieut Francis Nicholas Andrews, 15th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles (North Belfast Volunteers).

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
Second-Lieutenant Francis Nicholas Andrews, 15th Royal Irish Rifles, who died in hospital in Frances on October 11, was the only surviving child of Rev J. W. and Mrs Andrews, Trysull Vicarage, Wolverhampton and a nephew of Mr S. K. Andrews, Bourne, Lincolnshire and was 20 years old. He was educated at King’s School, Worcester and was afterwards articled to a solicitor. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and received his commission in December 1914 being posted immediately to the Rifles which whom he served at Ballykinlar until his regiment left Ireland. He was one of the few officers in the battalion not belonging to Belfast, but during his stay in Ulster he made many friends. It is not known locally under what circumstances he met his death.

Grantham Journal Saturday 23rd October 1915
DEATH OF LIEUT ANDREWS. On Friday afternoon week, news reached Bourne that Lieut Francis N Andrews had died of wounds in France. The news contained in the telegram sent by the Rev J W Andrews. Deceased was the only male descendant of the second generation of the family of the late Mr S W Andrews Bourne. The news came as a great shock to the family as well as to the large circle of Bourne friends of the deceased, who it will be remembered, had entered upon a course of training with his uncle, Mr S. R. Andrews with a view to taking up the law as a profession and remaining in the practice which had so long been associated with the name of Mr S. W. Andrews.  Soon after the outbreak of the war Lieut Andrews joined the Public Schools Battalion. Subsequently he obtained a commission in the Royal Irish Rifles.  He was only drafted to France about a fortnight ago. During the time that Lieut Andrews was in Bourne, he became very popular, taking great interest in most of the social functions. He figured prominently as an “advocate” in a “mock Trial” that took place at the Institute.

Grantham Journal Saturday 6th November 1915
IN MEMORIAM. On Tuesday evening, a memorial service for the late Lieut Francis N Andrews was held at the Abbey Church Bourne, conducted by the Vicar (the Rev H. Cotton Smith). It was attended by a number of the friends of the deceased and a touching address was given by the Vicar. Master of his own career, possessor of his own life, Lieut Francis Nicholas Andrews, he said, gave his life doing a memorable thing, thinking more of deeds than of days, setting a higher value upon glory than life. That is the inheritance which men leave behind to console those for whom their bodies are a rampart of protection. Their death in the height of achievement is a proof that they have other ends than existence for existence’s sake.  To the family bereaved upon the fatal date, 11th October, everyone in that house of God (in many ways so closely connected with the name of Andrews) offered a respectful sympathy in the hour of sacred sorrow. God be their help in this time of tragic trouble. To his great keeping we commit the soul of their soldier son of whom it may be said, as it is written in Latin upon a Lincolnshire monument, “He has passed away, but is not dead; he has not perished, but is gone before.” May he rest in peace. Amen.

The Graphic Saturday 1st January 1916
THE ROLL OF HONOUR: British Officers who have fallen.
2nd LIEUT F. N. ANDREWS
15th Royal Irish Rifles. Died in hospital in Frances, October 11. Son of the Vicar of Trysull, near Wolverhampton.

Record Of Service Of Solicitors And Articled Clerks With His Majesty’s Forces 1914 -1919
FRANCIS NICHOLAS ANDREWS
Articled to S. R. Andrews, of Bourne, Lincs. Joined Sept 1914 as Private,  Public Schools Batt.
Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 15th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles, Dec 10 1914. Serviced in France. Died Oct 11th 1915, at Villers Bocage (France) from sickness contracted during  War.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
Not found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
Not found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that 2nd Lieutenant Francis Nicholas Andrews, 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles was killed in action on 11th October 1915 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medals
Medal Card Index:
Francis’ medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 15 Star

Memorials

UK:
Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of Lieutenant Francis Nicholas Andrews, 15th battalion, Royal Irish Rifles who died on 11 October 1915
Son of Rev J W Andrews and Mrs Andrews of Trysull Vicarage, Wolverhampton
Remembered with Honour, Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

More information:

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