Edwin Francis was born at Bootle in 1878, the son of John Francis and Jane (nee Rowe).
 
His father was a granite (stone) mason and was born at Falmouth, Cornwall whilst his mother was born at Neath Abbey, Wales. They were married at Birkenhead in 1866.
 
Edwin's siblings were born at a number of places before settling in Bootle; Caroline E and Emily J were born at Birkenhead, Mary A was born at Shap, Westmoreland c 1871, and John, Edwin and Hannah were born at Bootle.
 
In 1881 Edwin was living with his parents at 16 Rhyl Street, Bootle.
 
He married Anna Bella (nee Wills) at St.Leonardís C.of E. Church, Bootle in 1900. He and his wife had seven children; James Edwin (b 1901), John Francis (b 1902), Phyllis Jane (b 1904), Doris Bella (b 1906), James Harris (b 1907), Jane (b 1910) and Edwin junior who was six months old when his father died.
 
Edwin senior was a stonemason and was living with his wife and children at Caradoc Street, Seaforth when he enlisted in the army on the 27th April 1915.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 7th July 1916.
 
KILLED BY A SHELL.
BOOTLE KINGSMAN WHO WAS AN EXAMPLE TO YOUNGER MEN.
   News has been recived of the death in France of Pte. E. Francis, of the King's Liverpool Regiment, who previous to answering the call, was in the employ of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, and resided at 19, Shelley-street, Bootle. He was in his 39th year, and leaves a wife and six children, with whom heartfelt sympathy is felt in their sad and irreparable loss. It appears that Pte. Francis was killed by a shell during the bombardment in the early hours of June 27th of a village near where he was acting as a military policeman. His death was instantaneous, and he suffered no pain. He was buried in a single grave at the Communal Cemetery in the presence of some of his comrades, and his resting place will be marked by a cross bearing his name, number, and regiment, and date of death.
   The Rev. H.F.S. Collier, chaplain, who conducted the burial service, has written a letter of sympathy to Mrs. Francis, in which he says:- "I knew Pte. Francis quite well, and often had a word with him as I passed by on the road up to the trenches. He was a thoroughly good fellow, large-hearted, very cheerful and obliging, and set a good example for younger men to follow. He was given his life for his country in a righteous cause, and that will be some small consolation to you, and yet I know what a blow this bereavement will be. I can only say how deeply we all sympathise with you in your great loss, and how I hope and pray God will comfort and bless and keep you in His Peace."

Bootle Times 7th July 1916