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Thomas William FRANCIS

Regimental number2584
Place of birthGolden Square, Victoria
SchoolGolden Square State School, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Francis, 296 Rowan Street, Golden Square, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Senior Sergeant in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death26.6
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Johnn and Edith Annie FRANCIS, 296 Rowan Street, Golden Square, Bendigo, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourme, 14 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 15 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 29th Bn, Ferry Post, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19-20 July 1916.

Now reported 'KILLED IN ACTION', 20 July 1916. Authority: German Red Cross Death List dated 3.10.1916.

Note, Red Cross File No 1100615: 'Pay book obtained by Germans[.] Cert. by German Death List 9-9-16.'

Note on file: 'Dead - Personal effects forwarded[.] Cert. by German Nachlass List dated 20.8.17.'

Note on Form B103: 'Buried in Fromelles Sh 36 N 22 d&b'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FRANCIS Thomas William
Red Cross file 1100615

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