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Francis William HAWTHORNE

Regimental number3328
Date of birth1888
Place of birthGrafton, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWoodburn, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinSister, G Hawthorne, Drymaroo Street School via Jondaryan, Queensland
Enlistment date1 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 2 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917
Discharge date12 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No. 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 12 February 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 2 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 8 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 7 August 1916 (struck on his steel helmet by shrapnel, making a hole in it and striking him on the left side of his forehead, leaving him dazed. The day after he suffered an epileptic fit, with a further attack on 12 August.). Transferred to England on board HS 'St George', 14 August 1916; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, 15 August 1916. Discharged to Ludgers Hall, 26 September 1916. Marched into No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 September 1916. Granted furlough, 28 September 1916. Marched in to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 November 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board 'Beltana', 17 March 1917; discharged, 12 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death1921
Age at death33
Place of burialCasino Cemetery, New South Wales

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