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Frank ADAMS

Regimental number2456
Place of birthParkside, South Australia
Other NamesFrank Arthur Reynold
ReligionMethodist
OccupationEngineer apprentice
AddressMalvern, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.25"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alvena Adams, Austral Terrace, Malvern, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 74th Bn, Senior Cadets; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 January 1920
Discharge date29 April 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to and taken on strength of 48th Bn, 19 April 1916

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Attached for duty to 12th Brigade Workshop, 31 July 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 22 August 1916 (influenza); transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 August 1916; to Ambulance Train No 7, 26 August 1916, and admitted to Anglo-American Hospital, 27 August 1916; transferred to 14th General Hospital (date not recorded); to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 30 August 1916; to Base Details, 8 September 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 September 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 1st South African General Hospital, 6 October 1916; marched in to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 21 October 1916; rejoined 48th Bn, in the field, 19 November 1916.

Admitted to 1st Anzac Corps Rest Station, 16 December 1916 (bronchitis); discharged to duty, 21 December 1916.

Detached to Australian Light Railway Company as fettler, 27 December 1916; rejoined 48th Bn, 14 May 1917.

Found guilty, 17 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 6.30 am, 15 July, to noon, 17 July 1917: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay; total forfeiture: 7 days' pay.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 September 1917 (chancroide), and transferred same day to 39th General Hospital, Boulogne (venereal sore); to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 18 September 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 20 September 1917; to 39th General Hospital, 22 September 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 50 days. Remained in hospital (ICT, buttock); discharged to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 10 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 November 1917.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 May 1918 (pyrexia); discharged to duty, 15 May 1918.

Detached to 12th Brigade Headquarters, 6 August 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 17 September 1918; rejoined 12th Brigade from leave, 3 October 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 21 April 1919.

Granted leave with pay and subs, 16 June-16 August 1919: Non-Military Employment (cinema operating, attending Victoria Cinema College, 32 Rathbone Street, London W).

Granted leave to report to AIF Headquarters, 30 August 1919.

Marched in to No 2 Group, Furlough Section, 30 August 1919; admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, November 1919 (pleurisy); discharged January 1920, and granted leave until 13 January 1920.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Friedrichsruh', 22 January 1920; disembarked Fremantle, 28 February 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 29 April 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned 30.9.34'.
Date of death25 November 1925
Age at death27
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 8 East, Grave 7), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Frank

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