Frank Halliday

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Frank Halliday
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1893
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 23 Nov 1940
Place of Death Rivervale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 5 months
Description 5'4¾" (1.64m) tall ; 136 lbs
61.689 kg
; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Congregational
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Alexander Halliday
Military Information
Reg Number 4285
Date of Enlistment 27 Sep 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion 13th Reinforcement transferred to 48th Battalion / 12th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1916 ‒ 26 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A54 Runic
Date of Return 13 Apr 1919 ‒ 4 Jun 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A73 Commonwealth
Fate Wounded in Action 31 Aug 1916 Mouquet Farm
Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Five weeks after beginning his basic training Frank was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, and he then travelled with them to Egypt.

On arrival in Egypt he was sent to a training battalion in Zeitoun, before becoming part of the reorganisation of the troops to create an additional two Divisions. On 1 Apr 1916 he was transferred to the 48th Battalion at Serapeum.

In early June (2 Jun 1916) they embarked at Alexandria on the HMT Caledonia for Marseilles in southern France, arriving on 9 Jun 1916 before being transported by goods train to northern France.

On 31 Jul 1916 Frank was hospitalised with the 13th Stationary Hospital in Boulogne suffering with a foreign object in the cornea of one of his eyes. He returned to the battalion on 25 Aug 1916.

In company with others, the 48th Battalion made two attempts to capture Mouquet Farm near Poziéres, and it was during the second attack on 31 Aug 1916 that Frank was Wounded in Action. His injury was a shell wound to his right elbow. Treated by the 49th Casualty Clearing Station before being put aboard an Ambulance Train and admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital Rouen on 1 Sep 1916. Following 3 days of treatment he was released to the Convalescent Depot, and thus began the journey back to his unit, arriving back with the 48th Battalion on 1 Oct 1916.

On 21 Apr 1917 he was again hospitalised, this time with influenza after being seen by the 13th Field Ambulance, and the 56th Casualty Clearing Station. Sent on to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, trench fever was diagnosed and so he was evacuated on 3 May 1917 to England from Le Havre on the HMAT A69 Warilda (acting as a hospital ship) to England.

In England he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital. Released on 19 Jun 1917 he proceeded to Weymouth to recover until 8 Aug 1917 when he marched out to the Command depot in Hurdcott where he was evaluated medically. Before any return to France could be arranged, on 3 Sep 1917 Frank was admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital Bulford Hospital with Venereal Disease for 19 days, being released back to duty on 21 Sep 1917.

Frank spent the next two months being transferred around command depots and the Overseas Training Brigade in England before on 15 Nov 1917, when he again proceeded to France via Southampton. Frank rejoined the 48th Battalion on 26 Nov 1917, and remained with them until he was granted leave between 8 and 24 Oct 1918.

On 10 Feb 1919 he returned to England through Le Havre, and following processing, he embarked for Australia on 13 Apr 1919. Fran was discharged by the 5th Military District on 27 Jul 1919.

Post War

In 1920 Frank married Maud Evans (b.1895) in Perth. Maud died 21 Feb 1972 in East Victoria Park.

Electoral Roll entries - 1921 a clerk at 42 Chelmsford road, East Perth; 1925 -1926 a timber worker at 64 Prince street, Victoria Park; 1928 timber worker in Orrong road Carlisle; 1931 Hawkestone road, Rivervale; 1936 - 1937 at 21 Surrey road, Rivervale. Maud remained there until 1949 or later and in 1949 son Eric Frank was also at that address. In 1958 - 1968 Maud was residing at 208 Orrong road, Carlisle.

Son W21101 Driver Eric Frank Halliday served during WW2 from 17 Dec 1941 until 4 Jun 1946, with his last unit the 124th Australian General Transport Company.


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