Francis Hubert (Frank) MCNAMARA VC, CB, CBE

MCNAMARA, Francis Hubert

Service Numbers: Officer, 5
Enlisted: 6 January 1916, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Air Vice Marshal
Last Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
Born: Rushworth, Victoria, Australia, 4 April 1894
Home Town: Rushworth, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Rushworth Public School & Shepparton Agricultural School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Hypertensive heart failure, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, 2 November 1961, aged 67 years
Cemetery: St Joseph Priory, Buckinghamshire, England
Memorials: Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Red Bluff State School Pictorial HR, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Broadmeadows, Victoria
16 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
16 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
9 Jan 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Battle of Rafa
20 Mar 1917: Honoured Victoria Cross, Battles of Gaza
20 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
22 Dec 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Battle of Magdhaba
31 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

World War 2 Service

11 Jul 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal, SN 5, Royal Australian Air Force

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

McNamara, Frank Hubert (Francis) (1894–1961)
by A. D. Garrisson

"Frank Hubert (Francis) McNamara (1894-1961), airman, teacher and administrator, was born on 4 April 1894 at Rushworth, Victoria, son of William Francis McNamara, an officer of the Department of Lands, and his wife Rosanna, née O'Meara, both Victorian born. Educated at Rushworth local school and Shepparton Agricultural High School, he was appointed a junior teacher in the State Education Department in March 1911 and in 1913-14 studied at the Teachers' Training College, Melbourne, for a diploma. After graduating he was a temporary teacher in 1915 at four schools.

McNamara had joined the senior cadets while still at school and in 1913 was commissioned in the 46th Infantry Battalion (Brighton Rifles). He was mobilized on the outbreak of World War I and carried out garrison duty at Queenscliff and Point Nepean fixed defences before attending the Officers' Training School, Broadmeadows, in December 1914. He was then an instructor at the Australian Imperial Force's training depot, Broadmeadows, until August 1915, when he was selected for the military aeronautics course at Point Cook Flying School. 

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