Francis William Swann
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||c1869|
|Place of Birth||Sebastopol, Victoria|
|Death||7 Nov 1951|
|Place of Death||East Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||44 years, 1 month|
5'11" (1.80m) tall ; 168lbs|
76.203 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; grey hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||4 Wedge street, West Perth|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Elizabeth Swann|
|Date of Enlistment||22 Nov 1916|
|Unit/Formation||46th Battalion , 8th Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A34 Persic Fremantle to Devonport|
|Date of Return||9 Dec 1918 ‒ 19 Jan 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A8 Argyllshire|
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Signed his enlistment papers in Kalgoorlie on 19 Nov 1916, and entered Blackboy Hill camp on 22 Nov 1916. On 2 Dec 1916 he was allocated to the 8th reinforcement draft for the 46th Battalion and following basic training he went with them to England.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 12th Training Battalion at Codford. While there he was admitted to the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital for 20 days from 24 May to 12 Jun 1917. On 13 Aug 1917 he proceeded overseas to France through Southampton and spent some time in the Base Depot before joining the 46th Battalion on 1 Sep 1917. Given his advanced age, on 26 Nov 1917 he was detached to the 12th Infantry Brigade Canteen before rejoining the battalion on 13 Oct 1918. On 20 Nov 1918 he returned to England and was sent to the No 2 Command Depot at Weymouth.
On 9 Dec 1918 he was returned to Australia on the basis of advanced age, and discharged by the 5th Military District on 3 Mar 1919.
Link to Gosnells district not evident from his records, but is the best match for the name on the Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll. Ancestry suggests his birth date was closer to 1869 than 1872.