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FRANCIS – George Royal Marines Woolwich Division 12th Company

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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
NameFRANCIS – George
Regiment (s)Royal Marines Woolwich Division 12th Company
Regiment Number (s) 2765
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
23rd July 1838 / 18 years 3 months / Bath Somerset England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationSouthampton – 23rd May 1840 to December 1842
Collingwood – 15th May 1844 to 20th July 1848
Fisgard – 21st October 1848 to 22nd January 1849
Assistance – 7th March 1850 to 9th October 1851
Time spent afloat and at foreign stations 8 years 6 months and 22 days. Time on shore 4 years 10 months
Length of Service13 years 4 months 22 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 18th December 1851 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not Stated
Pension Districts1851 Bristol
1855-1857 Western Australia
1857-1863 New South Wales
1871 Queensland
Pension Paid£10/12/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of Birth1820 Redcliff Bristol England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
FRANCIS James Bowen
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SNOOK Christine Catherine or SNOW Christianna Catherine
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage8th January 1852 St. Paul’s Portland Square Bristol Gloucestershire England
Children by 1st WifeJames B UNKNOWN
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SNOW Jeremiah
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
October 1855 was appointed Warder on Rottnest Island with his wife to act as cook.  Accommodated in V huts until more suitable quarters were available.  Resigned 2nd January 1857.
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australian Register Thursday 5th March 1857 – page 2
Departure from Western
28th January 1857 to Adelaide South Australia onboard “New Perseverance” departed Fremantle arriving Adelaide 4 March 1857 with George, Christiana Catherine and James Francis as passengers.
Date/Place of Death/Burial17th November 1909 Keynsham Somerset England
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
4th quarter 1879 Barton Regis Gloucestershire England
Not yet known
Will or ProbateUK Wills online shows FRANCIS George left £86/18/5 to Charles Albert and Ellen GULLY
Further InformationInvalided for loss of 2 fingers on the left hand, amputation consequence of injury occasioned by the bursting of his gun barrel with unfits him for the service when onboard “Assistance”.

Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into complaints by the wives of the Pensioner Guard on the “Stag” into the conduct of the Superintendent Surgeon CALDWELL.  Christine Catherine Francis stated she was one of the women examined on the 26th April and objected to the examination and so the Surgeon put his hands up her petticoat and said she was all right. AJCP reel 466/87 part2 folio 237.

1881 Census RG11/2496/96/7
Stapleton Road, Bristol Gloucestershire
George Francis, brother-in-law of William Bonner, widower, aged 61 Navy pensioner, born Bristol.
1891 Census RG12/1941/113/11
Longwell Green, Hanham, Gloucestershire
George M Francis, Brother-in-law of William Bonner, widower, Navy pensioner, born Hanham Gloucestershire
1901 Census RG13/2346/23/16
Bitton Village, Hanham Gloucestershire
George Francis, lodger in the home of Charles A Gully, Widower, age 81, Naval pensioner, born Bristol