Francis Henry HOOPER

HOOPER, Francis Henry

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 29 September 1915, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 23 December 1889
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: South Australian School of Mines
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Memorials: Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

29 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Broadmeadows, Victoria
25 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
1 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
2 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Enlisted at Broadmeadows on 29 September 1915.

Was allocated to and spent 4 weeks as a Private with the Infantry Depot at the camp.

Promotoed to Corporalhe spent 8 weeks with the Miners.

Spent another 8 weeks as a Corporal at an Engineering School.

Applied for a Commission in the AIF. Was accepted and promotoed to 2nd Lieutenant on 1 March 1916 and allocated to the 5th Tunnelling Company.

Embarked at Melbourne on HMAT Warilda (A69) on 25 May 1916. Disembarked at Plymouth on 18 July 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength by the 2nd Tunnelling Company on 25 September 1916.

Promotoed to Lieutenant on 1 January 1917.  

Wounded slightly on 10 July 1917. Remained on duty. 

Taken ill on 11 September 1917 with Gastritis: inflammed stomach lining. Discharged to duty 23 September 1917.

Wounded (forehaed - accident) on 1 October 1917. Discharged to duty 12 October 1917.

On 20 June 1918 he was taken ill. He was dicharged to the Australian General Base Depot on 17 July 1918 and taken back on strength on 22 July. 

Had several weeks leave to both Paris in September and October and then the UK in November 1918.

Started return to Australia 27 August 1919. 

Discharged from AIF in South Australia on 2 November 1919


British War Medal: 13038

Victory Medal: 12866