Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Francis John Shingler was born at Cleobury North in 1889. He was the son of John Thomas Shingler, baker and grocer, and his wife Harriet. The family lived at Draw Well House. They appear to have prospered, as in 1901 John Thomas styled himself 'Baker and Farmer' and by 1911 Francis John is living alone at Draw Well House as a Farmer 'on his own account', while the rest of the family have moved on to Ditton Priors where John Thomas is again, Baker and Farmer.
Francis must have volunteered in the 6th Battalion KSLI early on in the war as he went to France at the beginning of September 1915. By the end of the month he had been wounded at the Battle of Loos and evacuated to England where he died on 11th November. He is buried in the churchyard at Ditton Priors.
Lance Corporal Francis John Shingler, 15353 KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.
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