Lt Col Frederic FRANCIS and family



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


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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