A'BECKETT, Frank Leigh

Service Number: 678
Enlisted: 10 February 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria, 21 July 1884
Home Town: Beaconsfield Upper, Cardinia, Victoria
Schooling: East Leigh School, Victoria
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 August 1915, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli
Row A, Grave No. 9, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beaconsfield Upper War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 678, 8th Light Horse Regiment, Melbourne, Victoria
25 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 678, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 678, 8th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
7 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 678, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Aberfoyle Park High School

World War I

Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett enlisted on 27 Nov 1914, when he was 30 years old and working as a farmer, but was discharged as being medically unfit (details not known). He re-enlisted on 10 Feb 1915 and embarked on board HMAT A54 Runic on 25 Feb 1915. He was a Private and part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Before the war he had served in the Junior Cadets, the Citizen Military Forces and the 10th Regiment of the Australian Light Horse. SERN 678.
He saw war service in Egypt and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli on 16 May 1915. He was reported missing and subsequently confirmed killed in action on 7 Aug 1915. He was mentioned in despatches for conspicuous services rendered.
His parents and siblings were long time residents of Upper Beaconsfield and Frank's name is listed on the Upper Beaconsfield War Memorial and on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.

Born at: "Ttekceba", a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria 


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Franks birth was registered as Frank Browning A'BECKETT in Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria in 1884

His parents were Edward Fitzhaley A'BECKETT and Jane Deodata BURKE

His brother Ulrick Burke A'BECKETT (SN 2251) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919