Ware, Francis Henry

He was the younger son of C T Ware of 11 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington and came to Winchester from Mr C A Ford’s school at Potton. He was on dress for OTH XV in his last year. In 1891 he went to Trinity College, Cambridge where he took the Law Tripos, graduating as BA and LL.B in 1894. On leaving Cambridge he entered into practice as a solicitor in the firm of Foster, Spicer and Foster of Queen Street Place, London, and served for a time in the Volunteers.

Shortly after the outbreak of war he obtained a commission in 13th (Kensington) Battalion London Regiment, and went to France in September 1915. By the end of June 1916 he was the Commanding Officer of C Company and is recorded in “Pro Patria Mori: the 56th (1st London) Division at Gomecourt, 1st July 1916” (Exposure Publishing, 2006), as being a “popular CO, fortyish, slightly greying, tall and well built; he made a good impression on his men and had a penchant for giving out chocolate whilst on his rounds in the trenches.”

He fell in action on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme during the Division’s attack on the Gommecourt Salient.   He was killed while leading a party to bring supplies to the London Scottish near Hebuterne. He had been wounded once already that day but insisted on staying with his men. His company’s task was to carry the supplies up a sap (a trench leading out into No Man’s Land), an idea used to reduce the distance exposed to enemy fire. However, the Germans had plenty of time to respond and the trench became a death-trap. One of his men described what happened: “A shell from a German trench mortar exploded where the officer was standing, and after the explosion he could see nothing of Captain Ware.”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Ware
  • Forenames or initials: Francis Henry
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1886-1891
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: The London Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 12th September 1873
  • Date of Death: 1st July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.