Francis Anley MAUGER

MAUGER, Francis Anley

Service Number: 3026
Enlisted: 29 April 1915
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Saint John, Jersey, Channel Islands, March 1886
Home Town: Balingup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
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World War 1 Service

29 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 3026
18 Jan 1916: Involvement SN 3026, 28th Infantry Battalion
18 Jan 1916: Embarked SN 3026, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Fremantle

"the 28th had ceased to exist as a Battalion."

Private F.A. Mauger wrote:

'In about fifteen minutes the 28th had ceased to exist as a Battalion. We rushed through a machine gun fire that was absolutely terrible. It swept us away by dozens. Men were dropping all over the place, but the others didn’t check. The Germans had a perfect barrier of bursting bombs all along their wire, and in a few minutes it was all over. We never had a chance.’

Blue and White Diamond - 28th Bn AIF Neville Browning

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Biography contributed by Elsa Reuter

Born on Jersey, in the Channel Islands, Francis Anley Mauger was working as a farmer at Balingup in Western Australian when he enlisted to serve in World War One, four days after the Gallipoli landings on 29 April 1915. 

From May to August he rose quickly to the rank of Sergeant before returning to the rank of Corporal at his own request in November 1915. At the beginning of May 1916, Mauger was taken on strength of the 28th Infantry Battalion, the unit with which he would experience the horrors of warfare on the Western Front during the Battle of Pozieres. Of the experience of the 28th he would write that machine gun fire "swept us away by the dozens".

Mauger was wounded at Pozieres on 29 July and evacuated to the Norfolk and Norwich War Hospital in England for a shrapnel wound in the left arm. He returned to duty with the No. 1 Command Depot on Salisbury Plain in August 1916, before moving to No. 3 Command Depot in October and, returning to the 28th Infantry Battalion and to France in October 1917. 

Mauger returned to Australia in April 1919. 

 

1. F A Mauger reproduced in Neville Browning, The Blue and White Diamond, Australia: Huntingdale, 2002. 

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