Saturday, December 10, 2016

Frank Richmond Cork

Serial Number and Rank:  7372, GNR
Birth:  Milton Rosebank 24 March 1887 1887/34650 Milton
Milton War MemorialParents:  Frederick William Cork and Rhona Simmons
Enlisted:  21 June 1915
Service: 4th Field Artillery Brigade and Field Artillery Brigade 5, Brigade Ammunition Column
RTA 18 October 1917
Honour Rolls: RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School
Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
Croobyar Public School
Brothers: Rupert Frederick Cork, Albert Stanley Cork also served in WW1

Frank Richmond Cork was born in March 1887 at Rosebank Milton.  He enlisted for active war service on June 21, 1915 in Sydney and also he had been a member of the Sydney Cadets at Newington College.

Frank was assigned to the 14th Battalion and later transferred to the 22nd Field Artillery Brigade and 4th Field Artillery Brigade and Field Artillery Brigade 5, Brigade Ammunition Column.

The Ulladulla and Milton Times published many letters from the soldiers fighting overseas; include Frank Cork who wrote April 6, 1916:

“We were evidently the first Australians to go through France. The French turned out in thousands to see us. Whenever the train would stop, French women would give us coffee and bread. .. People wanted to exchange souvenirs, so most of our boys lost their badges. Our band played at several stations and the people went wild with excitement… At the front, well, talk about cannons to the left and cannons to the right that is just what it is like here. The front seems to be the shape of a horseshoe and with us in the middle. Although we are out of range, a cold shudder runs down one’s back as we hear night and day nothing but bang, bang, bang. At night the sky is lit up with flashes from the big guns…”

Sometime in 1916 two Milton lads meet up in France, Jack Jones was on sentry guard and challenged a man passing by, it turned out to be Frank Cork.

Frank fought at Somme, Pozieres and Bullecourt.  In June 1917 a cable arrived at Milton conveying the information that Gunner Frank Cork had been wounded and since reported to be severely, not much later another cable arrived to inform his mother that he had been removed from the seriously ill list.

Frank returned to Australia in October 1917 and medical discharged in January 1918 and returned home to Hilltop Milton. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War medal and Victory Medal.  Frank’s name is listed on the Milton Town Memorial, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Primary School, Milton Methodist, Milton Methodist Flag and the Croobyar Public School.

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