Francis Walter (Frank) FACER


FACER, Francis Walter

Service Number: 1117
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Pancras, London, England, 1884
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Grave XVI. C. 9.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1117, Melbourne, Victoria
10 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1117, 29th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1117, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1117, 29th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Francis Walter Facer was the eldest son of a family that later lived at 56 Grove Road, Grays, Essex.

He emigrated to Australia in about 1911 and enlisted in July 1915.

He trained in Egypt and was killed by sniper’s bullet at Polygon Wood. Prior to emigrating he worked with his father for the Orient Line in Tilbury Docks and was a Blacksmith in Australia.

Births Mar 1884   Facer Francis Walter Pancras 1b 167

Frank is commemorated on the Grays War Memorial which stands at the north end of Grays High Street; the names of the borough’s Great War dead are inscribed on the east and west panels, while the south-facing panel is inscribed with four lines from the poem, "Bivouac of the Dead" written by Danville, Kentucky native, Theodore O'Hara to honour his fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War. The poem increased its popularity after the Civil War, and its verses have been featured on many memorials to fallen soldiers throughout the world,

On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

Other locally born casualties who fell whilst serving with Australian forces in the Great War who are commemorated on the Grays War Memorial are;

Henry C. Aslett

William Mears

Cecil Charles Mitcham

Bertram Neal

Josiah Needham Smith

Albert Stephenson

William George King

It must be assumed that the following locally born Australian casualties didn’t make it to any of the borough’s war memorials, possibly because there were no living relatives still around in the district when the lists were created.

George Seth Clayton

Charles Culley

Jesse Humphrey

John Musgrove

Richard Turnbull

C. Webb