Francis Leonard CONLIN

CONLIN, Francis Leonard

Service Number: 2175
Enlisted: 31 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia , 1897
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank CLerk
Died: Died post-discharge of tuberculosis, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 16 May 1920
Cemetery: Strathalbyn Cemetery, S.A.
Roman Catholic. Allotment 96.
Memorials: Adelaide National Australia Bank WW1 Honour Board, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2175, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2175, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2175, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

He contracted meningitis while on active service.  Francis Leonard Conlin was laid to rest in Roman Catholic cemetery on Monday 14 May 1920.  Rev Father Gurry officiated at grave side. Sixteen returned soldiers marched from the church to grave behind the hearse, and four diggers acted as bearers. The President and two presidents from Strathalbyn RSL atttended.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 22.

He was accepted, after research, for commemoration as Great War dead on 20/06/2014

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Brother 2176 Lance Corporal William Thomas Joseph Conlin 43rd Battalion AIF, killed in action 29 March 1918, age 24. 

Biography contributed by Anita Tsamtsikas

His brother Lance Corporal William Thomas Joseph died 29 March 1918, sadly not long after this his father James Conlin died on 1 June, 1918 (had he been told about his son's death?).

Mary Conlin lost her two sons and husband within two years. I have beeen unable to ascertain other children for the couple born in either Broken Hill or Strathalbyn.