Francis Edward PATCH MM

PATCH, Francis Edward

Service Number: 2377
Enlisted: 16 August 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Cooyar, Queensland, 20 September 1889
Home Town: Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Moss View State School
Occupation: Mill hand
Died: Killed in Action, Hooge, Belgium, 29 September 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Charleville War Memorial, Cooyar State School Roll of Honour, Cooyar War Memorial, Crows Nest (Qld) War Memorial, Nanango War Memorial, Yarraman War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Toowoomba, Queensland
31 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2377, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2377, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
29 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2377, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Polygon Wood

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"...2377 Sergeant Francis Edward Patch, 14th Brigade Field Artillery, of Crow's Nest, Qld. A mill hand before enlisting in August 1915, Sgt Patch left Australia for Egypt with the 16th Reinforcements of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment in March 1916 and transferred to the 14th Brigade Field Artillery before its arrival in France for service on the Western Front in May 1916. He was wounded at Messines in June 1917, and was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for bravery in the field. Sgt Patch was killed by German artillery whilst the brigade was moving from Ypres towards the front line near Hooge, Belgium, on the 29 September 1917, aged 28." - SOURCE (