William Francis (known as Willie) represented Scotland at the first three Commonwealth Games to be held, then known as the British Empire Games.
As a teenager in 1930 he won silver in the 100 yard Backstroke, returning four years later for the London 1934 Games where he went one better to win gold. At those Games he was also a member of the Scottish team which won silver in the 3×110 yard Medley Relay. He also competed in the Sydney 1938 Games, finishing 7th in the 110 yards Backstroke.
Twice an Olympian, William competed at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and four years later in Los Angeles. His best result came at the former, where he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100m Backstroke.
Did You Know?
Willie remains the only Scot to have won 100m Backstroke gold at the Commonwealth Games