Francis enlisted in to 2/6th Field Park, Royal Australian Engineers on 17 Aug 1940 and was an original member of the unit, hr embarked aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in the Engineers Sect, Headquarters group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
He was discharged 16 Oct 1943.
He received the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45.