DEGENHARDT, Francis Evan

Service Number: 2347
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Murray Town, South Australia, 8 August 1893
Home Town: Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of Wounds, Vignacourt, France, 11 August 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (WW1), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Port Pirie Gates WW 1*
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2347, Keswick, South Australia
13 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2347, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2347, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Thermistocles, Adelaide
12 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 Jan 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 2347, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
11 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Surname: DEGENHARDT; Given Names: Francis Evan; Date of Birth: 8 August 1893; Date of Enlistment: 23 June 1915; Trade or Calling: Clerk; Birth Location: Murray Town; Address prior to enlistment: Port Pirie; Photograph sent by: C A Degenhardt
Source: State Records SA

Francis' parents were Mr C.A. Degenhardt and Mrs Margaret Russell Degenhardt who were resident in Port Pirie.

Upon enlistment he was allocated to the 5th Reinforcements, 27th Battalion.

He embarked on 14 September 1915 aboard the HMAT Thermistocles

He joined the Batttalion on the 12th January 1916 in Egypt.

Wounded 4th July 1916 (Armentiers sector).  Hospitalised in the UK (1 Australian Auxillary Hospital Harefield) 19 July 1916 with what was variously described as a gunshot wound or septic infection.  It could well have been both.

He was charged for overstaying a period of leave in early October and was subject to minor disciplinary action and peanlised with stoppage of pay.

Promoted acting Corporal in November 1916 at the Base depot Etaples, confirmed at Temporary Corporal vice  858 CPL F.C. Lindner in December after rejoining the Battalion.

He was promoted acting Sergeant  on 6th January 1917 vice 866  SGT Mills and made Company Quarter Master ('Staff') Sergeant vice Kepworth on 11 Feb 1917. 

In September 1917 he was assigned to officer training at No 4 Officer Training Battalion Oxford UK and commissioned on 31 January 1918. 

He was then assigned to the 5th Infantry Training Battalion (UK) where  he remained until 25th June 1918 when he rejoined the 27th Battalion.


The great Allied Offensive commenced on the 8th August.  Francis was wounded in action the next day by shellfire.  He is recorded as having sustained a shell splinter wound to the abdomen.  He was evacuated to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station where he died of his wounds on the 11th August at 1.15am..

He is buried in Vignacourt Cemetery, along with many other Australian casualties of the first few of the "Hundred Days".

1914/15 Star 22919     War Memorial 18924    Victory Medal  18855

Memorial Plaque 358057 on 3 March1923 to his parents at 52 Goode Rd Port Pirie West.


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