One of nine children of Owen Francis and Margaret McKee, including brothers Joseph Francis, Cornelius Patrick, Bernard, and Owen James Francis McKeewho were also called to serve.
Cornelius was discharged from the army due to a hernia, having only got as far as having a medical examination, before returning to his farm. After the war Cornelius married Ethel May Elderton in 1927. One son, Cornelius, died 1929 age two days and is also buried in Waimate Cemetery.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Archives New Zealand; New Zealand BDM Historical Records online; Billion Graves at http://billiongraves.com/; Paperspast; ancestry.co.au
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