Frank READ

READ, Frank

Service Number: 2450
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, 16 May 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Warehouse Assistant
Died: Died of wounds, France, 6 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rosewater War Memorial, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, 2450, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, 2450, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Adelaide
6 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2450, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Frank, READ WWI,

WO2 (retired) Wayne Burns and his family have research the history of a great uncle.

1915. Enlisted at Keswick Sth Aug and joined the 27th Battalion 5th reinforcements aged 18 years 1 month, 23rd Jan. Previous occupation was warehouse assistant. Embarked from Adelaide on HMAT Ballarat, 14th Sept.

1916. Taken on strength at Tel-el Kebir, Egypt and appointed L/Cpl, 12th Jan. Proceeded to join BEF ex Alexandria 16th Mar. Disembarked Marseilles, France 21st Mar. WIA Pozieres, France - gun shot wounds to back and head, 4th Aug. Admitted 13th Field Amb and transferred to 4th Aust Field Amb, 6th Aug. Later, sustained another WIA, shrapnel wounds to elbow and back. Transferred to CCS and admitted to 2/1 South Midland CCS. L/Cpl Read Died of Wounds sustained in action aged 19 years 3 month in special hospital at Warloy France. He is buried in Warloy-Baillon, France in the Communal Cemetery extension.

Rest In Peace Lest We Forget

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Younger brother of Lieutenant William Roy Read MC, MM (/explore/people/100831)


Official information has been received by Mr. and Mrs. J. Read, of Rosewater, that their youngest son, Lance-Corporal Frank Read, had died on August 6, of wounds received in France. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Messrs. Goode, Durrant, and Co., of Adelaide, with whom he served for four years, and was highly esteemed by both employers and employes. He relinquished their service and joined the colors early in July, and left for the front on September 14, 1915. After being in Egypt a few months he joined his brother (since wounded), who had been in action on Gallipoli. He was a member of the Rosewater Methodist Church and took a prominent part in their Band of Hope meetings. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters Court, Australia's Pride Lodge. He was of a jovial disposition and made many friends. He spent the nineteenth anniversary of his birth in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 16 Sep 1916 (