JAMES, Francis Victor

1885 - 1957

Born at Hertford, Hertfordshire on 9 December 1885, son of Thomas James, a life insurance superintendent, and his wife Eliza née Rile, who married at Ropley, Derbyshire in 1877. In 1901 a 15 year old post office clerk, living at 'Parkholme' Ancaster Road, Ipswich with his parents, 45 year old James and 45 year old Eliza, with six siblings Mary L. 23, Harvey 21, Ethel A. 19, all born at Ropley, Bertram T. 17, born Nottingham, and Daisy E. 13 and Frederick A. M. 11, both born at Hertford. In 1897 he entered Ipswich Municipal Secondary/Northgate Grammar School. He married at Ipswich in 1904 Ethel Garrard (30 August 1883-1953) and in 1911 a 25 year old 'sorting clerk & telegraphist' living at 69 Berners Street, Ipswich with his 27 year old wife Ethel and their 6 year old daughter Ethel Nora, it was the home of his wife's grandfather James Garrard. Francis served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War and in 1939 an 'overseer at the Post Office' living at 43 St Johns Road, Ipswich with his wife Ethel. He exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1944, two works 'Old Barn, Rushmere' and 'Evening, Harwich Harbour'. He died at Ipswich in 1957.