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Francis Maxwell Way (service no. 7/772) was a First World War soldier with links to St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere.

Francis Maxwell Way

Francis Maxwell Way  was born on 22nd December, 1894. He was the youngest son, and fifth child of George Edward and Emma Kate Way, who lived at 66 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere.

He was an Anglican. His father was treasurer and on the vestry of St. Augustine's Anglican Church, and his sister, Hilda, was married there in 1913

Francis went to Christ’s College, where he won a prize for music in 1909. He also served in the Christ’s College cadets while at school. After finishing school, he went farming with his brother in the King Country, then was a station hand, working for Major Johnson at Mount Torlesse Station, Springfield.

He was of average height, with grey eyes, and brown hair, and was an Anglican. His sister, Hilda, had been married at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in 1913, and his father was treasurer and on the vestry of the church.

Francis signed up with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements on 20th October, 1914, and left New Zealand two months later, from Wellington, arriving in Alexandria, Egypt about six weeks later.

He was in the landing at Gallipoli, and fought there till August.

He was killed on 8th August, 1915, from wounds received at Bauchop’s Ridge, in the battle for Chunuk Bair. He was just 20 years old.

He is buried at Beach Cemetery, Anzac, Gallipoli.

He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

His name is on the roll of honour at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Cashmere, and on the memorial on the wall of Christ’s College Chapel.

His brother, Pearce Harman Way, served in the war as well, and was killed in action in October 1917, in Ypres, Belgium.


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Francis Maxwell Way

First Names:Frances Maxwell
Last Name:Way
Place of Birth:Christchurch