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Will FRANCIS

Regimental number2648
Place of birthBalranald, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address170 Lincoln Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 11"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Evelyn Lucy Francis, 170 Lincoln Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 June 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2648A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Discharge date15 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917, and reallotted Regimental No 2648A.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 June 1917; Corporal, 23 August 1917; Sergeant, 17 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 28 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 15 March 1918.

Attached to 8th Infantry Brigade as Burial Sergeant, 18 March 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 26 May 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 17 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somali', 1 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 8 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 15 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 February 1932
SourcesNAA: B2455, FRANCIS Will

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