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World War One - Roll of Honour



Francis Hector Theodore Nayler


12 Oct 1896 Hemel Hempsted, Hertfordshire.

Service No.

Off 137 


East Kent Regiment 'The Buffs'
Army Cycle Corps

Military Notes:

1916-1918 served in Mesopotamia.

29 Jul 1922, he applied for his war medals -Victory medal and British medal.

These were forfeited in 1924. 

Family Notes:

Son of Francis Nayler (1861-1949)and Edith Eliza Short(1869-1911.) Despite his mother leaving a substantial inheritance to the family, Francis Snr. was declared bankrupt in April 1918, forcing the family out of Sutton Farm. They relocated to Folkestone.

Brother of Edith, Constance, Eugine and George Nayler.

Father of Myrtle Edith (1917-1971), Joyce R (1919-  ) and Douglas Hector (1922-1922)

Family emigrated to Brisbane, Austalia on 11 Oct 1922 sailing on the Demosthenes, just after the death of their baby son, and returned from Brisbane to London Saturday 3 Nov 1923 on the TSS Hobson's Bay and went to Home Farm, Petham to stay with his in-laws Fred & Edith Southfield.

Tuesday 6 Nov 1923 during a domestic dispute, Francis shot his father-in-law dead. He was immediately arrested at the scene.
Wednesday 7 Nov 1923, before a Canterbury Magistrate, he was remanded in custody after a 6 hour hearing.
Thursday 8 Nov 1923. an inquest in to the death of Fred Southfield was held at Petham and widly reported in the press (Click)
28 Nov 1923,after a trial by Jury at Maidstone Assizes, Francis pled insanity but was found guilty and sentenced to death.
7 Dec his execution date is announced for Tuesday 18 Dec.
14 Dec 1923 after an appeal to the Home Secretary by his wife, Francis had his death sentence commuted to penal servitude for life.
4 Jan1924 Francis was formally stripped of his war medals. The govenor of Maidstone prison reported that they were in custody of his wife at this time. 

Francis served 15 years in prison and was released just before WW2 .

Civilian Occupation:

1901 census: Picotts End House, Hemel Hempsted
1911 census: Sutton Farm, Hastingleigh.


1916 to Mertie Florence Southfield (b.1895 Chilham)


Nov 1997 aged 101 years.

Is not listed on the WW1 Honour Roll in Hastingleigh Church.