|Place of birth||Forbes New South Wales|
|Address||Bogan Gate, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||Father, J P Francis, Mountain View, Bogan Gate, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||17th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/34/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||17th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
For conspicuous gallantry in disposing of four Germans in an enemy trench whilst severely wounded.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'During the operations on 3rd/4th May against the HINDENBURG Line near NOREUIL this soldier acted as first bayonet man to a party of 12 under Sergeant MCKAY. On entering the trench he bayoneted two Germans and continued to go forward until further opposition was met with. Despite being shot through the jaw he continued to fight until ordered to withdraw, having accounted for two more enemy in the meantime. He exhibited splendid pluck and determination and was to a very great extent responsible for the party penetrating so far up the trench.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
War service: Western FrontMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal