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Frank Coreney ADAMS

Regimental number1611
Place of birthBlean, Nth Canterbury, Kent, England
SchoolCanterbury School, Kent, England
Age on arrival in Australia32
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGunbar, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 9"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Julius John Adams, Langham Park, Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was with A McArthur Esq, Sylvianham, Gunbar, New South Wales, for April 1913 to February 1916, when he enlisted in the AIF. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 3 December 1916
Date of death3 December 1916
Age at death37
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 29 June 1916 (debility); discharged to duty, 2 July 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 9 July 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 10 July 1916; to British Red Cross Convalescent Depot, Montazah, 22 July 1916; discharged, 7 August 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 27 August 1916; marched in to 14th Training Bn, England, 9 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; taken on strength, 56th Bn, in the field, 22 November 1916.

Killed in action, 3 December 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Frank Coreney

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