Service Number: 31129
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Palmerston North, New Zealand , 1892
Home Town: Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer/Deck Hand - Sydney Ferries, NSW
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England , 31 March 1917
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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11 Dec 1916: Involvement Gunner, 31129, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
11 Dec 1916: Embarked Gunner, 31129, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, RMS Orontes, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick (OAM) – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 31st March …… Frank Harris was born at Palmerston North, New Zealand in 1892 to parents John (Jack) and Alice Harris (nee Osborne).

John (Jack) Harris, father of Frank Harris, died on 30th July, 1910 at Palmerston North, New Zealand.

According to information provided by his wife for the Roll of Honour – Frank came to Australia when he was 20 years old.

In 1915 Frank Harris married Christina Priscilla Barber in the district of St. Leonards, New South Wales.

Alice Harris, mother of Frank Harris, died on 10th August, 1916 at Palmerston North, New Zealand.


On 11th September, 1916 Frank Harris enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a 23 year old, married, Labourer (as listed on Embarkation Roll, however his widow recorded he was a Deck Hand on Sydney Ferries) from 16 Burton Street, Milson’s Point, North Sydney, New South Wales

Gunner Frank Harris, Service number 31129, embarked from Sydney, NSW on RMS Orontes on 11th December, 1916 with the 7th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 17th February, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

He was marched in to A.A.T.D. (Australian Artillery Training Depot) at Parkhouse, Wiltshire on 18th February, 1917 from Australia.

On 25th March, 1917 Gunner Harris was admitted sick to Tidworth Military Hospital, Wiltshire.


Gunner Frank Harris died at 12.45 pm on 31st March, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Broncho Pneumonia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)