Francis was born on November 30 1907 in Harrington England as the son of William (deceased) and Rachel Townsley of Workington England. He was married on May 26 1930 in Fernie British Columbia with Mary Townsley, of Coal Creek. British Columbia. They had two sons William Edward and Robert Harold and one daughter Ruth Adelaide Townsley. Mary remarried after the war as Mrs. Sorkie. His brothers were Robert, Charles and John Townsley and his sisters were Elizabeth and Rachel Townsley and another sister was Mrs. Robert Blair of Workington England.
He was a miner and member of the Church of England.
He enlisted on July 7 1940 in Courtenay British Columbia and he went overseas to the UK on September 2 1941 and he went thereafter on June 6 1944 to France for the D-Day landing.
Francis died of wounds a day later on Wednesday June 7 age 36 and he was temporarily buried in Graye S/Mer and on December 12 1944 reburied in Beny S/Mer.
At his headstone: LOVED, REMEMBERED LONGED FOR ALWAYS BY HIS WIFE AND FAMILY
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.