Francis James Marchant

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Francis James Marchant
Marchant Francis James.jpg
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Nov 1910
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 19 Apr 1941
Place of Death Greece
Age at Enlistment 29 years, 6 months
Description ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; scars on left elbow and thumb
Occupation Timber worker
Religion Church of AEngland
Address Karragullen, Western Australia
Next of Kin mother , Mrs. Susan Marchant
Military Information
Reg Number WX3028
Date of Enlistment 21 May 1940
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 2/2nd Australian Field Park Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 22 Sep 1940 ‒ 14 Oct 1940
Transport Details HMT Salamat Fremantle to El Kantara
Journey Dates 10 Apr 1941 ‒ 12 Apr 1941
Transport Details SS Pennland Egypt to Greece
Post War Details
Fate Missing in Action Greece 1941
Killed in Action Greece 1941
Monument(s) Armadale War Memorial
Athens Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Byford WW2 Honour Roll
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial Australian War Memorial
Medals 1939-45 Star
Africa Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Greek Commemorative War Medal 1940-41

Pre War

War Service

Francis enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 21 May 1940, and was granted LWOP until 10 Jun 1940. When he reported on 10 June he was appointed a 'Sawyer TG 3' and posted to the 2/2nd Australian Field Park Company. Warned for overseas service, Francis was granted pre-embarkation leave from 3:00pm on 14 Aug 1940 until 9:00pm on 21 Aug 1940. On 22 Sep 1940 in Fremantle he embarked on HMT Slamat (HMAT S4) a part of Convoy US 5B, departing from Fremantle on 22 Sep for Colombo which was reached on 1 October, and then on to El Kantara on the Suez Canal where they disembarked on 13 Oct 1940.

On 10 Apr 1941 Francis, along with his unit boarded SS Pennland in Egypt for Greece. On 3 Jun 1941 Francis was reported to be missing. However, on 17 Jun 1941 Susan was advised by Telegram that Francis was now recorded as having been Killed in Action on 19 Apr 1941.

  • Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens
  • Panel 11


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