Francis Edward CREAMER

CREAMER, Francis Edward

Service Number: 1316
Enlisted: 26 July 1915, 3 years cadets
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooks Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales, October 1895
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooks Hill Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Groom
Died: Merewether, New South Wales, Australia, 18 August 1941, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 1-39. 90.
Memorials: Cook's Hill Superior Public School , Cooks Hill St John's Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1316, 30th Infantry Battalion, 3 years cadets
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1316, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1316, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
5 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 53rd Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1316, 53rd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Gassed
6 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 1316, 53rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD - gassed

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served and suffered during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

80 years ago today, on the Tuesday afternoon of the 19th August 1941, Private Francis Edward Creamer, 53rd Battalion (Reg No-1316), groom from 135 Darby Street, Newcastle, New South Wales and 37 Buchanan Street, Merewether, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 46. ANGLICAN 1-39. 90.

Born at Cooks Hill, New South Wales about 1895 to Thomas Reuben and Charlotte Henrietta Creamer; husband of Gertrude Bessie Creamer nee Stevenson (married 1923, Hamilton, N.S.W., died 1986, also sleeping here), Frank enlisted July 1915 with the 30th Battalion at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 17.2.1917 (bronchitis), 8.11.1917 (not stated), and wounded in action - 17.4.1918 (gas poisoning), Frank returned home as an invalid December 1918, being discharged (debility after gas) on the 6th June 1919.

Mr. Creamer’s name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Cooks Hill St. John's Anglican Church Honor Roll (photo, unveiled on the 12th February 1922, 86 names inscribed, 24 Fallen) and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at Frank’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and suffering during The Great War.

Service record states Died after Discharge, 18.4.1941.
Older brother Alfred James (36th & 53rd Battalions, Reg No-413, born 1892? died 1939) also resting at the cemetery. ANGLICAN 2-151. 16.

Lest We Forget.