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Francis Lambert BAYNES

Regimental number1523
Place of birthMaryborough, Queensland
SchoolMaryborough Grammar School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMaryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. E. Baynes, 'Florencia,' Eagle Farm Road, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed as a Lieutenant, Citizen Military Forces, Maryborough, Queensland.
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSignaller
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death19.6
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L. Grave No. 41), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph Henry and Emmeline Matilda BAYNES, Lennox Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Family/military connectionsCousin: Captain (Temporary Major) Hugh Lambert MARSLAND MC, 11th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 November 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Duntroon Plateau, 27 March 1916.

Reverted to Private, Ferry Post, 9 May 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal to complete establishment, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 240403, 43 Corporal R. CAREW, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England), 25 August(?) 1916: 'On 19th July, 1916, at Fleurbaix, L/Cpl. Barnes (sic; = BAYNES) was blown up and killed instantaneously during the attack from Fleurbaix. The attack was made on the evening of the 19th. We drove the Germans about a mile out of their first trench. Then we got into the fire of our own artillery and had to fall back on the first German trench. We held it until 4 a.m. on the 20th, when Germans launched a big counter-attack and we had to evacuate owing to lack of ammunition and reinforcements. On the evening of the 20th fresh troops came up and retook all we had lost.' Interviewer's note: 'Informant was intelligent and reliable.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAYNES Francis Lambert
Red Cross file 240403

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