Frank KLUCK

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KLUCK, Frank

Service Numbers: 353, 5721
Enlisted: 16 April 1915, Wondai, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lowood, Queensland, 26 March 1891
Home Town: Murgon, South Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 9 December 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Murgon Memorial Wall, Murgon RSL Honour Board, Murgon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 353, 26th Infantry Battalion, Wondai, Queensland
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 353, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
2 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 6th Infantry Battalion, Returned to Australia (illness) - thence transferred to 6th Infantry Battalion and re-embarked for duty from Melbourne with SERN 5721
3 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5721, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5721, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Melbourne
9 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5721, 6th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Frank was born to Johann and Rosalie Kluck. His mother's maiden name was Froischki. Frank's parents married in October of 1878 after Johann's first wife (Rosalie Newmann) passed away on 24 Jun 1878.

Johann and his second wife Rosalie had 9 children. Frank grew up in the Lowood area until his father made a move towards Murgon around the turn of the century. Johann selected land there until his death in 1916.

Frank enlisted on 16 Apr 1915 at Wondai. He was assigned to the 26th Battalion with a height of 5' 7" and weighing 147 pounds. Frank was sent home to Broadmeadows Victoria on the 25th of September 1915 until the 1st of May 1916  suffering from his first bout of venereal disease. Within 2 weeks of arriving in England Frank had again contracted V.D. A month out from being killed Frank contracted V.D. for the third and final time. Frank was killed on 09 Dec 1916, and he was buried at the Bull's Road Cemetery, Flers, alongside 5 other soldiers. They were 3424 Pte. William David Patchett, 3303 Pte. William Edward Gould, 5336 Pte. Herbert Eugen Besant, 3319 Pte. Herbert Byrne Given and 2382 L/Cpl. Henry Heath.

The only known photograph of Frank is courtesy of The Queenslander (26 Jun 1915 p. 26) and the State Library of Queensland (/new-admin/moderations/18132/slq.qld.gov.au)

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