Service Number: 346
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
Born: Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, January 1878
Home Town: Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Pneumonia, Angora, Turkey, 19 November 1916
Cemetery: Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Istanbul, Turkey
Plot: I. C. 16.
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 346, Queensland Imperial Bushmen
18 May 1900: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 346, 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 475 notes 4th QIB embarked 18 May 1900 aboard Manchester Port arriving Beira 14 Jun 1900.
16 Mar 1901: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 346, 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, National Archives Australia- Boer War Dossier notes invalided due to Enteric Fever returned to Australia aboard Chicago arriving Brisbane 9 Mar 1901, discharged 16 Mar 1901.

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Biography contributed by Claude McKelvey

Francis Paul Easton was born in 1878 (possibly 1873) in Sydney, New South Wales, a son to William and Elizabeth Easton. He served twice in the South African (Boer) War and again in WW1.

He first enlisted as Frank Easton in the Boer War serving as a Private S.N. 346 in the 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen. When he enlsited he is recorded in The Queenslander newspaper with next of kin being his mother Eliza Easton, Wilcock (Wilcox) St, Red Hill. This is the same next of kin and address used on his enlistment papers for his next Boer War service and then WW1 service, both of which he enlisted under his full name of Francis Paul Easton. He also listed his previous service in the 4th QIB and 1st BACH on the respective enlistments.

His second service as Francis Paul Easton was as a Private S.N. 881 in the 1st Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse, Boer War. He then enlisted in WW1 serving as a Lance Corporal S.N. 317 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment AIF, WW1. He died while serving in WW1.

(source- AWM Boer War Nominal Roll, Murray p. 486 & 523; National Archives Australia- Boer War Dossiers for S.N. 346 & S.N. 881; National Archives Australia WW1 service record; The Queenslander newspaper, 19 May 1901, p. 937).