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Lieut Francis Harvey Varney Wise

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Lieut Francis Harvey Varney Wise

Birth
Banbury, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, England
Death 13 Jan 1918 (aged 22–23)
Islington, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Burial Teddington, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 32914157 View Source
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Lieut. Francis Harry Varney Wise, RFC, Aged 23. He was a native of Wroxton, near Banbury in Oxfordshire, but was resident at "The Anglers" in Teddington. Parents Sidney and Margaret. He joined the royal Naval Division, afterwards fighting with the RFC in France. He and Lieut Albert Payne took off from Hendon in a DH9 bomber. After gaining height, the aircraft fell to the ground killing both pilots. Francis Wise received a huge funeral with military honours. His coffin was carried on a gun-carriage, draped with the Union Flag. Eight of his fellow officers attended as bearers, plus seventy men from RFC Hendon, and twenty-five police officers from Kingston. A military band played at The Anglers Hotel, en route, and at the cemetery. The service was at St Albans Church and there were readings at the cemetery gates, and at the burial. Men from the East Surrey Regiment fired three volleys over the grave and the last post was sounded. It was estimated that the funeral procession was two hundred yards long , there were crowds at The Anglers, St Albans Church and the cemetery and people lined the mile-long route.

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