Josiah Francis Edit Profile
Student Christian Brothers College, Ipswich.
During World War I, he was appointed second lieutenant in the first Australian Imperial Force and served on the Western Front from April 1917. He was wounded and spent some time in hospital in England. He was Minister in charge of War Service Homes from 1932 to 1934.
In 1943, while in opposition, he moved an amendment to allow the payment of full pensions to returned servicemen who were suffering from tuberculosis regardless of whether or not it could be shown to be caused by war service. Unusually in Australia, his amendment was passed without dissent. With the election of the Menzies government at the December 1949 election, he was appointed Minister for the Army and Minister for the Navy.
He held the army portfolio until his retirement and the navy portfolio until May 1951. He was also Minister for the Navy from July 1954 until his retirement. In 1956, Francis was appointed Australian consul general to New York.
He was knighted in 1957 and retired to Brisbane in 1961.
He continued to hold the seat until his retirement in November 1955 as a member of the main centre-right party—Nationalist (1922-1931), UAP (1931-1944) and Liberal (1944-1955).
Francis was elected to the Australian House of Representatives from the Brisbane-area seat of Moreton at the 1922 election as a member of the Nationalist Party of Australia. He had been a member of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia since 1920 and supported returned servicemen's issues.
Married Edna Clarke Cribb, April.