Francis James Price Private 81293 - 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Died of wounds on Wednesday 20th November 1918 age 25 Buried in Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy Francis James Price was born in Gnosall in 1893, the son of 23-year-old maltster and ale-dealer Joshua Price and Kate Edith, nee Wynne, from Stone, aged 25. Joshua had grown up at The Brook, and his widowed mother, Fanny Price, nee Bellingham, lived between the Anchor Inn and Brook House. Joshua and Edith had married at Gnosall on 5 th  February 1891. In 1901 the family were living at Brook House opposite the current Post Office. Joshua Price was a maltster. Also present were Francis, his mother Kate Edith, a sister and three brothers (two of the children had a middle name Wynne). By 1911 Francis was still at Brook House, listed as “Farmers Son Working On Farm”, and living with his 71-year-old grandmother Fanny Price (born at Oulton, Norbury). She had private means. Four brothers and a sister were also there. Joshua (Maltster, employer) and Kate were visiting the Newton family in Tutbury. Francis enlisted in Woolwich, into the East Surrey Regiment, G/26429 and later joined the 2nd Battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), G/81293. He died of wounds in Italy on Wednesday 20th November 1918, age 25 and is buried in Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy II. A. 25. He was awarded the Victory and British medals. “Their name liveth for evermore” – Mr J Price, Brook House, Gnosall
Staglieno Cemetery Historical Information The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918, and rest camps and medical units were established at various locations in northern Italy behind the front, some of them remaining until 1919. From November 1917 to the end of the war, Genoa was a base for commonwealth forces and the 11th General, and 38th and 51st Stationary Hospitals, were posted in the city. Staglieno Cemetery contains 230 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There are also 122 Second World War graves, most of them garrison burials, whilst others were brought in from the surrounding country.