Francis was born on August 21 1919 in New Glasgow Nova Scotia as the son of William Earl and Alexandria Brian, of Dorchester, New Brunswick. They were married on October 3 1917 in New Glasgow. His brother was Percy Colin Brian (also in the army).
He was a clerk and member of the Roman Catholic Church.
He enlisted on August 21 1940 in Moncton New Brunswick. He went on August 19 1941 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on 6 June 1944 to France for the D-Day landing.
Francis was missed in action and presumed to be killed in action in the C Coy then on Saturday November 25 1944 age 25 near Groesbeek.
His medals were: 39-45 Medal; France Germany Medal; Defense Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.