Gunner Bernard Francis, RMA/14710 Royal Marine Artillery

1898 Aug 17 Born St Johns, Lewes, Sussex

1901 census living at 38, Sun Street, Lewes St John Under The Castle

1911 census living at 16 Talbot Terrace, Lewes St John Under The Castle

1915 Sep 9. Enlisted from Service Record . He was a Corporation Labourer.

1916 Mar 3. Posted to B Coy RMA as Gunner 2nd Class

1916 Apr 26. Becomes Gunner

1916 Jun 4. Embarked on HMS Lion. This was not till after battle of Jutland.

Lion rejoined the Battlecruiser Fleet, again as Beatty's flagship, on 19 July 1916. On the evening of 18 August the British Grand Fleet put to sea in response to a message deciphered by Room 40 which indicated that the High Seas Fleet, less the II Squadron, would be leaving harbour that night. The German objective was to bombard Sunderland on the 19th, with extensive reconnaissance provided by airships and submarines. The Grand Fleet sailed but for various reasons no real engagement actually took place. Both the British and the German fleets returned home, the British having lost two cruisers to submarine attacks and the Germans having a dreadnought damaged by torpedo.

Lion became the flagship of Vice-Admiral W. C. Pakenham in December 1916 when he assumed command of the Battlecruiser Fleet upon Beatty's promotion to command of the Grand Fleet. Lion had an uneventful time for the rest of the war, conducting patrols of the North Sea as the High Seas Fleet was forbidden to risk any more losses. She provided support for British light forces involved in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight on 17 November 1917, but never came within range of any German forces. The 1st BCS, including Lion, sailed on 12 December in a futile attempt to intercept the German destroyers that had sunk the convoy enroute to Norway earlier that day, but returned to base the following day. Lion, along with the rest of the Grand Fleet, sortied on the afternoon of 23 March 1918 after radio transmissions had revealed that the High Seas Fleet was at sea after a failed attempt to intercept the regular British convoy to Norway. However, the Germans were too far ahead of the British and escaped without firing a shot. When the High Seas Fleet sailed for Scapa Flow on 21 November 1918 to be interned, she was among the escorting ships. Along with the rest of the 1st BCS she guarded the interned ships until she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet in April 1919

1919 Jul 27 He is posted back to Base

1919 Sep 1. Posted back to HMS Lion

1920 Apr 1. Back to Base

1920 Jun 2. Post to 8 RM in Ireland

1921 May 14 died 2 Royal marine artillery gunners abducted, shot dead and dumped in a local quarry

Buried in Lewes, Sussex

British soldiers died in Ireland