Ernest Jack FALK

FALK, Ernest Jack

Service Number: 4173
Enlisted: 14 August 1915, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Alberton, South Australia, July 1890
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fireman
Died: 10 August 1976, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4173, 10th Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4173, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4173, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Ernest Jack Falk was born in Alberton, South Australia 1890. He was baptised in the church of England. He had an older sibling named Charles John Falk. He grew up on Reynold street, Yatala, South Australia (now the suburb of Rosewater) with his father J W Falk and brother. He grew up to be a single man and was a fireman before he had enlisted into the war.

His brother Charles John Falk enlisted for the war on the 22nd of August 1914, a year before he did. His brother, also a private, was part of the 10th battalion, E company. Unfortunately, his brother Charles John Falk was killed in action 29th of April 1915.

Ernest Jack Falk enlisted into the war on the 14th of August 1915, approximately a year after his brother which demonstrates their family’s willingness to serve the country. His service number was 4173. He was enlisted as a private in the 10th battalion, 13th reinforcement. They embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on board the HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916. When he arrived in Egypot, Falk was allotted to the 50th Battalion. He went with this unit to Fracne and served with it until October 1916. At that point he was admitted to hospital with illness and sent to England. In May 1917 he was transferred to the Australian Flying Corps, 69 Squadron. In 1918 he was repeatedly ill with an infection and then influenza, but in September he was transferred back to the 50th Battalion in France. He embarked on the Sardinia to return to Australia on 19 April 1919.

 Few datils are known of Falk's later life. He passed away on the 10 of August 1976. He was buried at Centennial Park Cemetery which in Pasadena, south Australia.