|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||St Alban's, Victoria|
|Address||82 St Leonard's Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, Patrick O'Dea, Maldon, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 4 years in the Citizen Military Forces, 1911-15; 1 year in the Royal Australian Navy Radio Service: still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Sergeant|
|Unit name||1st Australian Wireless Squadron|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||22/16/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Morea on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Warrant Officer Class II|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Wireless Signal Squadron|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Middle East
Embarked Melbourne, 30 May 1916; disembarked Colombo, Ceylon, 15 June 1916; re-embarked Colombo, 18 June 1916; disembarked Bombay, 21 June 1916; re-embarked Bombay, 24 June 1916; disembarked Basra, Mesopotamia, 5 July 1916.
Admitted to hospital, 17 September 1916 (varicocele); discharged, 20 September 1916.
Admitted to No 3 British General Hospital, 7 October 1916 (varicocele); discharged, 12 October 1916.
Attached to Russian forces in Persia, 22 September 1917; rejoined Wireless Squadron, Bagdad. 17 January 1918.
Appointed Squadron Sergeant Major, 18 January 1918.
Proceeded from Basra to India on one month's leave, 4 May 1918.
Proceeded from Poona to Bombay for return to Australia, 14 January 1919.
Commenced return to Australia from Bombay on board HT 'Themistocles', 15 January 1919 (malaria); arrived Sydney, 5 February 1919, for onward travel to Melbourne; discharged, Melbourne, 10 April 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, O'DEA Francis Patrick|