Francis Preston

Bank: Parr's Bank

Place of work: Leicester branch

Died: 13 October 1915


Francis Preston was born in Leicester in 1894, the son of Joseph Doyle Preston, a teacher, and his wife Louisa Goldfrost Preston. He was educated at Wyggeston School, Leicester, after which he went to work for Parr's Bank.


During the First World War Preston left his job at the bank's Leicester branch to join the army, becoming a Private in the Leicestershire Regiment. He was killed in action during an attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, France, on 13 October 1915. He was 21 years old.


Francis Preston is commemorated on two bank war memorials at NatWest Leicester Granby Street branch: a standard format London County Westminster & Parr's Bank memorial and a more unusual photographic tribute.

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Louise O'Brien August 8 2022 5:11PM

Francis Preston would have been my great-uncle, he died aged 21 in the early stages of WW1 in a completely unforgivable fiasco of an engagement. I would like to honour his memory and the memory of his brother Edwin who died in the same war in the same year.