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Frank Richmond BROOK

Regimental number989
Date of birth18 February 1883
Place of birthRichmond, South Australia
SchoolMr Leonard's 'Old College', Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOlive Street, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 9.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jean Brook, Olive Street, Prospect, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the ANA Unit, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date30 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 43rd Battalion
Promotion date: 14 July 1917


Unit: 43rd Battalion
Promotion date: 24 November 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.57, 18 April 1918.

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas Mentioned in Despatches and was recommended for the Military Medal. The Official Notification of Death described him as "Military Medallist".
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 3), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Edith BROOK; husband of Mrs J BROOK, Olive Street, Prospect, New South Wales

Mentioned in Dispatches

'Mentioned in Sir D. Haig's Despatch of 7.11.1917 for Distinguished and Gallant Services and devotion to duty in the Field, during the period 26/2/17 to 20/9/17.'

Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: Corporal AM HOPKINS, MID; Cousins (by marriage): Major Lancelot Ashley LEWIS, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 21 May 1917; Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Kendall BAKER, 16th Battalion, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Taken on strength, 43rd Battalion, 16 March 1916.

Embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marsilles, 20 July 1916; disembarked England, no date stated.

Proceeded overses to France, 25 November 1916.

Promoted Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major), 22 January 1917.

Promoted Warrant Officer Class I (Regimental Sergeant Major), 17 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 July 1917; admitted to No 9 Field Ambulance, 4 July (gunshot wound, buttocks); transferred to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 4 July 1917; to Ambulance Train, 7 July 1917; to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 July 1917; to England, 14 July 1917; to Royal Victoria Military Hospital, Netley, 15 July 1917.

Promoted Second Lieutenant, 14 July 1917.

To No 5 Auxiliary Hospital, 23 August 1917; discharged, 17 September 1917, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, the same day.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 September 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 24 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 January 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 12 January 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 13 January 1918; rejoined 43rd Bn, 16 January 1918.

Detached to Corps School, 20 January 1918; rejoined unit, 27 January 1918.

Detached to Officers' School, 14 February 1918.

Admitted to No 11 Australian Field Ambulance, 25 February 1918 (trench fever); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 25 February 1918; to No 17 Ambulance Train, 28 February 1918; to No 14 General Hospital, Boulogne, 28 February 1918.

Granted 3 weeks' sick leave in United Kingdom, 28 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 22 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 24 April 1918; rejoined 43rd Bn, 25 April 1918.

Detached to Divisional Wing, 25 April 1918, rejoined unit, 1 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Buried at Hamelet Communal Cemetery, Bayonvillers.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROOK Frank Richmond

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