Friends of Hastings Cemetery
In loving memory of
Major General Francis Ventris, CB
Colonel of the Essex Regiment
who died 4th January 1920 age 71 years
and of his wife
who died on 30th December 1929 age 66 years.
Also of their eldest son Lt.Col. E F V Ventris RA died 14th February 1938.
Also of their son
2nd Lt. Alan Favell Ventris
South Lancashire Regiment who was killed in action near Ypres on 14th September 1915 age 18 years and is interred at Birr Crossroads Cemetery at Zillebeke in Grave? Row D Plot 2.
Also of their second son
Lt. Commander C Peyton Ventris RN
who died 9th September 1965 age 78 years.
Also of their eldest daughter
who died 20th April 1977 age 83 years
and of their youngest daughter
who died 25th January 1995 age 90.
The wife of
Patrick Clavell Blount
who died 22nd January 1999 age 92.
Francis Ventris was born in 1857 as the second son of Rev Edward Favell Ventris who was vicar of West Mersea, Essex.
After education at Newport Grammar School, Francis joined the 44th East Essex Regiment as a Lieutenant on 11 February 1875. He was promoted to Captain on 5 November 1881,Major on 16 December 1883 and Brevet Lt-
In 1883 he married Helen Maud who was the daughter of Major-
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FINE MILITARY CAREER.
On the outbreak of the Great War he was appointed to command the 25th Division, and in 1915 he was made G.O.C. Forces in China, and held that appointment till 1921 when he went retired pay. He was created C.B. in 1919. and has been Colonel the Essex Regiment since 1904.
General Ventris married, 1883. Helen Maud, daughter of Major-
The funeral took place on Tuesday at Hastings Borough Cemetery, the officiating clergyman being the Ven. Archdeacon A-
Simultaneously with the funeral, a memorial service was held at the Essex Regiment Memorial Chapel. Warley Barracks, Essex, and was attended by a large number of officers, past and present, of the Essex Regiment, relations and friends.