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Francis Clement DE MEUR

Regimental number1393
Place of birthNorth Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCarter
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kin..., Mr C R De Meur, Glanburn Hyle Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Cadets; 2 months in 18th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name13th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
68
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: C.R. DE MEUR. Town. North Sydney, New South Wales.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Admitted to Isolation Hospital, Abbassia, 6 July 1915 (venereal).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Port Lincoln', 4 August 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 2 September 1915; returned to 2nd Military District, Sydney, 6 September 1915.

Re-embarked as 3530, 11th Reinforcements, 5th Bn, 11 October 1915.

Rejoined 13th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 4 March 1916, and resumed regimental number of 1393.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Killed in action, 15 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DE MEUR Francis Clement

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