Monday, December 5, 2016

Herbert (Hubert) James Francis

war solider H FrancisSerial Number and Rank:  LIEUT
Birth:  1886 Milton
Parents:  James Francis and Mary Ann East
Enlisted:  28 December 1915
Service: Machine Gun Company 1, Reinforcement 2. RTA 19 April 1919
Marriage:  Alice M Murray 1927 Belligen
Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School
Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
Brothers: Clifford George Francis and Harold Francis  also served in WW1
Letter to Home 1917

Hubert James Francis was the second son of James and Mary Francis born August 1, 1886 at Milton, he served in both WW1 and WW2

Hurbert Francis enlisted at the age of 29 years with a trade of a Share Farmer, in December 1915 and he was appointed to the Machine Gun Company 1, Reinforcement 2, and trained at Randwick.

Trooper Hubert Francis came home on leave in March 1916, the Methodist Church gave him a pocket bible along with Corporal Arthur Davey and Private Alf Davey who also were home in Milton, on final leave, before leaving for active service.

Leaving Australia in April 1916 aboard HMAT Ceramic for Egypt with nearly 3000 troops aboard, he did not get to see much Cairo, as no soldiers were allowed there for a couple of weeks, so as to round up a few strays.

When he arrived in England, he wrote home saying “We may go to France within the next couple of months. Am. looking forward to getting behind a machine gun and mowing some of the German devils off the earth. From what I can hear of the casualties we will need a lot of reinforcements.

Hubert was promoted to Lance Corporal in September 1917 whilst serving in France; he was wounded in action and returned to England in November 1917, he then spending over six months with the Cadet Unit in England. After working with the School of Instructions in England, he returned home to Australia in April 1919 now holding the rank of Lieutenant.

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