Lt Col Frederic FRANCIS and family

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    In memory of
    Aileen Doris GUNN
    the dearly loved daughter of
    Frederick Wyatt & Katie J FRANCIS
    Died 18th June 1894 aged 6 months
    Lt-Col Frederic [sic] Wyatt FRANCIS VD ['Volunteer Officers' Decoration' *]
    Commanding 4th Regiments N.Z.R.R. [New Zealand Rough Riders]
    2nd Brigade Rhodesia Field Force
    South Africa
    beloved husband of
    Katie J FRANCIS
    and youngest son of the late
    John Perry Gunn FRANCIS of Prebbleton
    Died 31 March 1901aged 44 years
    Peace perfect Peace

    Father, In thy gracious keeping
    leave we now thy servant sleeping
    Catherine Julia
    Wife of the above
    Died 10th Sept 1932 aged 72 years

    Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Wyatt Francis, V.D., sometime Commanding the North Canterbury Infantry Battalion, was born in Essex, England, in 1856. He arrived in Lyttelton in the following year with his parents by the barque “Cornubia,' and was educated at Mr. Gee's Grammar School in Christchurch. After serving for four years in the Postal Department, he joined the firm of Messrs Crowe and Co., wine and spirit merchants, as a partner, and for about eight years held his interest in that business. In 1887 he joined Messrs Manning and Co., as traveller, and was for many years closely identified with that firm. He began his connection with the volunteer force in 1874, when he joined the City Guards as a private. In 1878 he obtained promotion to the rank of sub-lieutenant, lieutenant in 1681, and adjutant with the rank of captain [1]


    14 Aug 1897 - Presentation of Imperial decoration for Officers for long service awarded:

    Invited to visit Prince and Princess of Wales at Sandringham - 1900

    1900 - 4th contingent split and FRANCIS made Major:

    Presented to Queen Victoria, December 1900 a month before her death.

    23 Jan 1901 approx - Seddon visits FRANCIS onboard due to his illness

    Return of Col FRANCIS:

    Col FRANCIS unwell at Kimberley:

    Report on the collapse and death of Col FRANCIS [died at 11pm]

    Flags hoisted half mast:

    Grave of Lt Col Freds mother in Linwood Cemetery also:

    "Col Francis in Khaki"

    Account of his funeral, including the Premier:

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    *Thanks so much to Jamie McKay of for researching this for me

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