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Alexander William FRANCIS

Regimental number9621
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut, USA
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSawyer
AddressAlberton, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Frances May Francis, Royal Park, Alberton, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Machine Gun Corps, Adelaide (Citizen Military Forces); discharged.
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name11th Field Company Engineers, Section 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1917
Discharge date23 March 1918
Other details

War service: England

Disembarked Devonport, England, 21 July 1916.

Admitted to Colchester Hospital, 10 September 1916 (rheumatism).Discharged and taken on strength, 11th Field Company Engineers, Larkhill, 24 September 1916. Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 1 October 1916 (rheumatism); transferred to Brigade Hospital, 2 October 1916; discharged, 10 October 1916. Marched in to 7th and 8th Camps, Perham Downs, 11 January 1917. Marched in to Australian Engineers Training Depot, Brighlingsea, 19 January 1917. Admitted to Colchester Hospital, 23 May 1917; marched in to Engineers Training Depot, 31 May 1917 (no further details recorded). Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Runic', 20 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), 23 March 1918. Total war service: 2 years 44 days (of which 1 year 258 days were abroad).

Medal: British War Medal
Date of death24 October 1944
Place of burialCheltenham Cemetery

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