Francis Bennett-Goldney

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Francis Bennett-Goldney (1865, Moseley - 1918, Brest), born Francis Evans, as the son of Sebastian Evans,[1] was the Independent Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for Canterbury and Mayor of Canterbury 1906-1911, who died in World War I.

As a Major in the Royal Army Service Corps he died 27 July 1918 in an American hospital in Brest from injuries sustained in a motor-car accident and is buried at St Germain-en-Laye, near Paris. He was the Assistant Military Attaché to the British Embassy in Paris.

Goldney was appointed as Athlone Pursuivant of the Order of St Patrick in February 1907, and has been mentioned as a possible suspect in the theft of the insignia of the Order, known as the Irish Crown Jewels in July 1907.[2][3]


  1.  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1901). [ "Evans, Sebastian" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Irish Historical Mysteries: The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels
  3. "New suspect in century-old theft of Irish gems" Daily Telegraph 26 December 2007

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Henniker Heaton
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
December 19101918
Succeeded by
George Knox Anderson