Francis William Swann

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Francis William Swann
Personal Information
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
Description 5'11" (1.80m) tall ; 168lbs
76.203 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; grey hair
Occupation Miner
Religion Church of England
Address 4 Wedge street, West Perth
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Elizabeth Swann
Military Information
Reg Number 3215
Date of Enlistment 22 Nov 1916
Rank Pte
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
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

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.

Post War


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.

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