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Frank Joseph John SOUTH

Regimental number3932
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address350 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 7"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, F W Smith, 350 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years (Sergeant Major), Boys' Brigade, Collingwood, Victoria.
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Frank Joseph
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 18), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Lilious SOUTH, 107 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria. Native of Melbourne
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1427 Pte Arthur SOUTH, 6th Bn, killed in action, 7 August 1915; Cousin: 4748 Pte Percy Colston CAINES, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 17 January 1916 (hernia); discharged to Aerodrome Camp for duty, 22 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SOUTH Frank Joseph John

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