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Francis William Henry FAIRTHORNE

Regimental number5018
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPrahran, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.5"
Weight134.5 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Blanche Fairthorne, Hospital for the Insane, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Place of enlistmentWarwick, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918
Discharge date12 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 11 July 1916 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 13 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 August 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded).

Marched in to 2nd Division Base, Etaples, from England, 2 October 1916; taken on strength, 49th Bn, in the field, 17 October 1916.

On leave, 22 November 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 10 December 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 8 January 1918.

Found guilty, 14 January 1918, of being absent without leave from 9 pm, 11 January, until reporting back at 11.30 am, 12 January 1918: reprimanded, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Promoted Corporal, 31 May 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 July 1918 (not yet diagnosed: pyrexia), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 11 July 1918; to England, 20 July 1918, and admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, 21 July 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 2 August 1918; discharged on furlough, 8 August 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 August 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 26 August 1918 (colic); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Takada', 24 December 1918 (debility); disembarked Melbourne, 11 February 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 12 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 May 1957
Age at death71
Place of burialMaldon Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, FAIRTHORNE Francis William Henry

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