BESLEY, Francis William

1902 - 1984

Francis William Besley, was born at Worcester on 20 March 1902, second child of Arthur Edward Besley, a draper's manager, and his wife Mary Ellen née Pope, who married at Gloucester in 1897. In 1911, a 9 year old, living at Barbourne Road, Worcester with his parents, 38 year old Arthur and 39 year old Mary with four siblings, Percy Arthur 10, Ida Gwendolen 7, Reginald George Payne 5 and Frederick Herbert 3, all born at Worcester. Educated at Taunton School and in 1919 obtained his matriculation to the University of London. As Surgeon-Lieut. Besley of the Royal Navy, he married at Sliema, Malta in 1930, Dorothy Margaret Bishop of Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. A doctor MRCS and LRCP and a surgeon captain during the Second World War whilst his wife lived at 1 Quay Street, Halesworth, Suffolk. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1938-1946 from Halesworth. He died at Longwood, Church Field, Walberswick, Suffolk on 12 July 1984. and buried at St Andrew's church, Walberswick, beside his wife Dorothy Margaret Besley (1905-1977).