Francis Martin BARRY

BARRY, Francis Martin

Service Number: 2551
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide South Australia, 11 August 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Christian Brothers College
Occupation: Civil servant
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 19 June 1963, aged 70 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens Path 24 Grave 731
Memorials: Adelaide Christian Brothers' College WW1 Roll of Honor, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2551, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2551, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2551, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
2 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
6 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Dismissed - assaulting an officer of the American Expeditionary Forces

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of Michael BARRY and Kate nee DOOHAN, 218 Gilles Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Prior to enlistment in the AIF Frank Barry was a well known Australian Rules footballer.

Magarey Medal 1915

CHAMPION FOOTBALL. —The Magarey Medallist —

M. Barry, the brilliant South Adelaide rover, was on Thursday, Oct. 7, at a meeting of the umpires of the league, awarded the Magarey medal the blue riband of football—for the past season. Each year the coveted trophy is presented by Mr. W. A. Magarey, for "the fairest and most brilliant player'." The referees decide the allocation. Each records a scaled vote for the match in which he is engaged. Usually there has been some player or players standing out prominently for the honour. This time, however, the competition was exceptionally keen between the clubs, and the football of a more even standard, and an unusually large number of names were selected by the umpires. Three players tied on the ordinary vote. The referees then balloted, and the choice fell unanimously upon Barry. He is one of the younger school of footballers, and has in some of his games been exceptionally brilliant. - - For further reading in order to add to his bio please access links to the left of this page ...

Frank Barry was enlisted into the 27th Battalion and embarked with the 6th Reinforcements on 27 October 1915 as an acting Sergeant.  Too late to see service at ANZAC,  reinforcements were held in Egypt and when the ANZAC Force returned after the evacuation, the 'doubling of the AIF' took place.
By war's end, he had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and was serving with the 10th Battalion.