South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Francis A Monckton


Francis Algernon Monckton was born in London in May, 1890 - the eldest child of Francis Monckton of Stretton Hall and his wife Evelyn. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. After leaving university, he joined the Scots Guards as a 2nd Lieutenant, becoming a full Lieutenant in 1913.

Francis was a keen ornithologist and contributed reports on his observations to The Field and The Transactions of the North Staffs. Field Club.

As a serving officer, Francis was one of the first to go to war, disembarking on 27th August, 1914. On the 8th November, 1914, The 1st Battalion Scots Guards were at Hooge, near Ypres. After fairly heavy shelling, the Germans broke into the British trenches. Lieutenant Monckton was killed as they were driven back with machine gun fire. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Lieutenant F A Monckton was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1914 Star with clasp. His brother Geoffrey

is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Stretton.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.