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Francis GILLEN

Regimental number3012
Place of birthKilmore, Victoria
SchoolBalmattum East State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss M Gillen, 909 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column (Sept-Oct 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of exposure 15-16 January 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialDranoutre Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 8), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Katherine GILLEN; husband of Ruby GILLEN, St. James, Benalla, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother in law: Cpl N. Richardson mentioned in despatches.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 30 April 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Ceramic', 4 May 1915 (venereal); arrived Melbourne, 25 May 1915.

Returned to Broadmeadows Camp for duty, 1 June 1915.

Embarked Melbourne on board HT 'Persia', 10 August 1915.

Taken on strength, Divisional Ammunition Column, Alexandria, 7 October 1915, and posted to No 4 Section.

Found guilty, 20 October 1915, of irregularity whilst on sentry duty: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Appointed Gunner, 15 November 1915.

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 15 November 1915.

Transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 21 November 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 10 December 1915 (supp. gland groin); discharged to duty, 31 January 1915; rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 5 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 21 April 1916.

On leave to England, 18 October 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 31 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 16 January 1918, concluded that Gillen, 'whilst crossing the railway line, tripped and fell, striking his forehead on some hard object which rendered him unconscious and that he died of exposure following injuries accidentally received'.!MSBV
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILLEN Francis

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