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Ernest John FRANKS

Regimental number2458
Place of birthElliott, Tasmania
SchoolSomerset and Elliott State Schools, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressElliott, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Franks, Elliott, Tasmania
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 24 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateKilled in Action 19 August 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 22nd
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialPozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 45), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
65
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Annie FRANKS, Elliott, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsBrother: 377 Lance Corporal Rupert FRANKS, 40th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918.

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