Francis Cartland was born in High Barnet, London on 3rd August 1893 to parents George and Edith Cartland. In 1901 Francis was living with his parents and siblings in Thame at the Six Bells Inn.
He married Ada Elizabeth Rogers in Devonport in 1916.
Francis joined the Royal Navy for a 12 year enlistment on 3rd August 1909. He lied about his age, telling the Navy that he was born on 3rd August 1891. He served on many ships as an Able Seaman and on 22nd December 1916 Francis joined the HMS Lucia, a submarine depot ship.
He was aboard HMSub E49 when it hit a mine and sunk with the loss of all hands on 12th March 1917. The minefield was laid in the channel between Balta and Huney Island of the Shetland Islands by the German Uboat UC76 two days before.
366403 Able Seaman Francis Cartland, Royal Navy HMSub E49, died 12th March 1917, killed by a mine explosion.
His name is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial and in Thame he is remembered on the War Memorial, St Mary’s church memorial board and All Saints church memorial board.