Francis William Courtenay BOOTLE

BOOTLE, Francis William Courtenay

Service Numbers: 550, 55
Enlisted: 6 February 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moree, New South Wales, Australia, 10 May 1890
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Forbes, Morpeth & Orange Public Schools, Sydney Grammar & Hawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Bronchitis & Nephritis, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England, 14 February 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Row II, Grave No. 75
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Molong & District Roll of Honour, Molong Armed Forces Personnel Roll of Honour, Molong War Memorial, Moree ANZAC Centenary Memorial, Moree Superior Public School WW1 Roll of Honour, Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour, Orange Cenotaph, Orange Holy Trinity Anglican Church Honour Board, Orange Shire of Canobolas, Richmond University of Western Sydney WW1 Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 550
6 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, 550
6 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 55, 4th Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, 550, 1st Infantry Battalion, Sydney HMAT Aeneas
7 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4th Infantry Battalion
14 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 550, 4th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Francis William Courtenay BOOTLE was born in Moree, NSW in 1890

His parents were Francis James Essington BOOTLE & Elizabeth Margaret Sarah MARKS who married in NSW in 1886


His brothers Norman Austin BOOTLE (SN 592) and John Carlisle BOOTLE (Captain) both served during WW1

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 14th February.... Francis William Courtenay Bootle was born in 1890 at Moree, New South Wales, Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th February, 1915 at Holsworthy, Sydney, NSW as a 24 year old Farmer.
(Note: the Australian War Memorial & the Commonwealth War Graves Commission both have the spelling of “Courtenay” as Francis William Courtney Bootle. Some of the forms in the Service Record file have the spelling as Courtenay others as Courtney. )

Private Bootle embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Ajana (A31) on 19th December, 1914.

Private Bootle was admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital at Cairo on 22nd December, 1915 with a “hurt knee”. He was discharged to duty on 30th December, 1915.
Private Francis William C. Bootle was promoted to Sergeant on 7th March, 1916 with 1st Veterinary Section. He was transferred to 1st F.A.B. (Field Artillery Brigade) on 13th March, 1916.

Sergeant Bootle embarked from Alexandria on 21st March, 1916 to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force). He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 27th March, 1916. He was transferred to 4th Battalion from 2nd Battery 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade on 12th October, 1916 with a view to obtaining a commission.

Sergeant (Cadet) Francis William C. Bootle joined No. 6 Officers’ Cadet Battalion at Balliol College, Oxford, England on 1st December, 1916. He was admitted to General Hospital at Oxford, England on 6th December, 1916 seriously ill with Nephritis. He was discharged to duty on 29th December, 1916.

Sergeant Bootle was admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England on 2nd February, 1917 with Bronchitis & Nephritis. He was reported as seriously ill on 4th February, 1917.

Sergeant (Cadet) Francis William C. Bootle died on 14th February, 1917 at 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England from Nephritis & Bronchitis. He was buried in Botley Cemetery, Botley, Oxfordshire, England where 7 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)