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William Frank JAKS

Regimental number2371
Date of birth15 April 1882
Place of birthKavna, Russia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBerri, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 4.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFriend, William McLow, Semaphore, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A55 Itria on 14 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Discharge date27 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 14 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 October 1916, and marched into No 3 Camp, Parkhouse.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; taken on strength, 5th Pioneer Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance,27 February 1917, and transferred same day to 5th Divisional Rest Station (influenza); to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 February 1917; to Ambulance Train, 2 March 1917, and admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples; to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 7 March 1917; to Base Depot, 17 March 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 3 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (multiple gun shot wounds, back and left arm: severe), and admitted to 118th Field Ambulance; transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 30 September 1918 and then, same day, to Ambulance Train No 42, and admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 2 October 1918. Transferred to England, 3 October 1918, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 5 October 1918; transferred to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 4 December 1918; discharged on furlough, 5 December 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 19 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of Exeter', 15 January 1919; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 6 February 1919; discharged from ship's hospital, 16 February 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 25 February 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 27 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 March 1951
SourcesNAA: B2455, JAKS William Frank

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