Frank GARTH

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GARTH, Frank

Service Number: 2298
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dover, Kent, England, July 1898
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Eglixion Rd School Kent England
Occupation: Printer
Died: Killed in action, France, 10 December 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, North Perth Congretational Church HR, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2298, 16th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2298, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Fremantle
10 Dec 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 2298

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Father GARTH, Serjt. Thomas James, 782. 28th Battalion killed in action 3rd/6th Nov., 1916. Age 49.

2298 Gunner Frank Garth of the 24th Field Artillery Brigade, was killed in action on the10th December 1916, also at Flers. Like his father he has no known grave; both are remembered in the Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux in France.

Frank served on Gallipoli with the 16th Battalion, and was wounded in the left knee by a bomb fragment on the 2nd August, 1915, and evacuated to Egypt. He then transferred to the 112th Battery of the Australian Field Artillery. Frank Garth was only 18 years and 4 months at the time of his death, inferring that he may have enlisted at the age of 16 years and 10 months, in June 1915.

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