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Francis THORNTHWAITE

Date of birth3 February 1891
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
Address'Ormonde', Barker Road, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinW W Thornthwaite, 'Ormonde', Barker Road, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceRAFA
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
Promotions

Major


Unit: 5th Division Artillery
Promotion date: 26 May 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Fourth Supplement No. 29664 (11 July 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176 (30 November 1916).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Distinguished Service Order


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Croix de Guerre (France)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Croix de Guerre (France), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted South Melbourne, 1 November 1939; posted as V159753 Lt Colonel to Army Headquarters, Melbourne. Killed in aircraft crash, Canberra, 13 August 1920.
Date of death13 August 1940

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