Archibald Roy FRANCIS

Place of birthFitzroy Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressPort Victoria, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Emily Grace Francis, Point Pearce Station, Port Victoria, South Australia
Enlistment date25 July 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name32nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Cross

'During the period 29th September, 1st October 1918, in the attack by the battalion on the Hindenburg line, at Bellicourt, and the advance to Joncourt, he showed great courage and initiative. After his company commander was killed he assumed command, and for the remainder of the three days led them with great skill, taking and consolidating his objectives in face of heavy machine gun fire. He showed great powers of leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 May 1974