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Frank McEWAN

Regimental number6362
Place of birthDunkirk, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs N McEwan, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 August 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialPerrone Cemetery (no other details listed), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 January 1917; taken on strength of 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 30 January 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 2 July 1917; marched in to Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, France, 3 July 1917; joined 18th Bn in the field, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 9 October 1917 (ICT feet); transferred to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 11 October 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 14 October 1917; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, 15 October 1917; to England, 16 October 1917; admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital Harefield, England, 19 October 1917; discharged on leave, 2 November 1917; reported to Hurdcott Command Depot, 16 November 1917; marched out to overseas Training Bn, Longbridge, Deverill, 22 November 1917; proceeded overseas, 12 December 1917; marched in to Havre, France, 13 December 1917; marched out to join unit, 16 December 1917; rejoined unit, Belgium, 26 December 1917; declared 'Illegal Absentee', 9 April 1918; rejoined Bn, France, 12 June 1918.

Field General Court Marshal held on 21 June 1918: charged with 'when on active service, deserting his M.S. in that he, on 9 April 1918, having been warned for a part. Duty. Namely himself without leave and did remain so until apprehended near Amiens on 8 June 1918.' Found not guilty of desertion, but guilty of being absent without leave: sentenced to 6 months Imprisonment with hard labour; GOC. suspended the sentence, 11 July 1918.

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, 15 July 1918 (gastro enteritis); discharged to duty and rejoined Bn, 21 July 1918; taken on strength of 19th Bn, 24 July 1918.

Killed in action, France, 31 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McEWAN Frank

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