Francis George Hyde POWNALL


POWNALL, Francis George Hyde

Service Number: 3075
Enlisted: 14 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 1896
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: St Stephens Westbourne Park, London
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
14 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3075, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3075, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
23 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3075, 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Corporal Frank G. H. Pownall, who was killed in France on August 23, was the only son of Mr. G. H. Pownall of Sydney. He left for Egypt in September, 1915, and on the evacuation of Gallipoli was transferred to the French front. He was a promising musician and was at one time a member of the Royal Chapel Choir, Windsor, England, where he was repeatedly selected for special work. At the time of his enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs. Brock & Co, of Port Adelaide, and was held in high esteem by all those with whom he came in contact. By his death the Rev. M. Williams, of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Port Adelaide, has lost a valuable member of the church and a loyal supporter. He also filled the position of assistant organist to Mr. (now Signaller) J. T. Chamberlain, who is also at the front. Corporal Pownall was of a cheerful disposition, and will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends. He left two sisters, who reside in Sydney with their parents." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 07 Oct 1916 (


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Francis George Hyde POWNALL was born in London, England in 1896

His parents were George Hyde POWNALL and Mary Blanche BRAY who married in 1894 at St Giles, England