Francis Craymore WHITFIELD


WHITFIELD, Francis Craymore

Service Number: 2811
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Ballarat, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Creswick, Victoria, 1885
Home Town: Creswick, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: St Augustines School
Occupation: Law clerk
Died: Died of wounds, France, 20 August 1916
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
Plot II, Row E, Grave 62, Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Creswick Honor Roll, Creswick School Pictorial Roll of Honour, Creswick War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2811, Ballarat, Victoria
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2811, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2811, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
24 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Infantry Battalion, transferred from 24th to 8th Infantry Battalion at Zietoun 8th Battalion, D Company, 2nd Brigade
9 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion, France
31 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 8th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2811, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW (head)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Francis Craymore WHITFIELD was born in Creswick, Victoria in 1885

His parents were Phillip WHITFIELD and Marie/Mary WILLIAMS who had married in Creswick in 1883

Francis married Caroline Jessie PAINE in 1915 - one daughter Marie Christina b. 1916 in Creswick - he would never get to see his baby daughter who was born after he left Australia

He had previous service as a Sergeant in the Cadet Corps for 3 years before he enlisted in Ballarat on 23rd July, 1915 with the 24th Battalion - he was with the 6th reinforcements who embarked from Melbourne on 27th October 1915 on HMAT Ulysses

Francis was wounded in action on 18th August and died of those injuries on 20th August, 1916 at the 44th Casualty Clearing Station in France

He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery and also memorialised on the Australian War Memorial  & the Cenotaph at Creswick- his name is also on a headstone at Creswick Cemetery in Victoria -

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Francis was a prominent worker for the Church St Augustines and also the conductor and organist for the choir.  After his death,  Mass prayers were offered for the repose of his soul and the "Death March" was played by the organist Miss Carbes.

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