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Frank Donald MARLIN

Regimental number3154
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMarch Street, Richmond, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs M L Marlin, March Street, Richmond, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the 3rd Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Mother wrote, March 1921, to Base Records: 'I have never received any further information about the grave so how can they put a headstone up if not located?' Base Records replied (21 March 1921): '... failing location of remains, it is the intention of the authorities to perpetuate the memory of those fallen by means of collective memorials upon which the full regimental description and date of death will be inscribed.'

FateKilled in Action 3 September 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest (d. 12 August 1915) and Laura MARLIN, March Street, Richmond, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3140 Pte Albert Ernest MARLIN, 26th Bn, returned to Australia, 9 February 1919; 2728 Pte Archibald Roy MARLIN, 37th Bn, killed in action, 30 August 1918.
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 49th Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 29 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.

Killed in action near Pozieres, France, 3 September 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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