Francis Hopkins was born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire to John and Mary Ann Hopkins (nee Loader) in 1896. Frank was living with his widowed mother, in Moorend Lane, Thame in 1901 and 1911.
Francis originally enlisted with the Oxf & Bucks Light Infantry (No 13767) but was transferred to the 7th Btn Wiltshire Regiment. The Btn took part in the Salonika campaign where in 1917 the main fighting was around Lake Doiran.
The first Battle of Doiran took place between 22nd Apr and 8th May. 7th Btn launched a night attack on the fortress of Grand Couronne, coming up against devastating fire and un-breached wire.
Richard was one of 314 casualties. 14405 Private Francis Hopkins,7th (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Btn Wiltshire Regt was killed in action on 24th April 1917 age 20. His mother at this time was living in the Lower High Street in Thame.
He has no known grave and is remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Greece. In Thame he is remembered on the war memorial, St Mary’s church memorial board and the All Saints memorial board.