Service Number: 1027
Enlisted: 17 May 1915, An original of A Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 30 November 1895
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 November 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Warlencourt British Cemetery
Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 21
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, South Perth War Memorial, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1027, 28th Infantry Battalion, An original of A Company
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 1027, 28th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 1027, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Francis died during the attack on Gird Trench near Warlencourt, by the 28th Battalion, an action which cost the unit over 100 dead and missing. His brother, 2185 Pte. Pierce Thomas McEncroe, also of the 28th Battalion AIF, had been killed in action near Armentieres some five months before, on 29 May 1916, age 22.

These boys’ father, John Patrick McEncroe had passed in Subiaco, WA, during 1915. Their mother, Eliza Alice McEncroe received their medals and effects.