19th BATTALION - 35th BATTALION AIF
Private: 6800 Alfred FRANKS
Born: 1895. Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:34623/1895.
Died: 4th April 1918. Killed in Action. Villers-Brettonneux, France.
Farther: William Franks.
Mother: Eleanor Franks. nee: Grayson.
Alfred Franks enlisted with the AIF on the 18th April 1917 at Lismore N.S.W, pay book 500038. Alfred was en trained to the Liverpool Army Camp and allocated to the 20th Reinforcements 19th Battalion AIF on the 26th June 1917. He embarked on board HMAT A16 "Port Melbourne" from Sydney on the 16th July 1917 and disembarked at Liverpool on the 16th September 1917.
The Reinforcements were marched in to the 5th Training Battalion where they continued with there training and settled into Camp Routine. On the 23rd January 1918 the Reinforcements proceeded overseas for France via Southampton and disembarked at Rouelles, France the next morning.
Alfred was marched out to the Front Lines on the 26th January and Taken on in Strength the same day only to be transferred to the 35th Battalion on the 28th January 1918.
30th March 1918
2:00 am, Arrived at CACHY and billeted in Aerodrome. 9:00 am, assembled for counter-attack and remained in formation till 5:00 pm then returned to billets. 10:00 pm, received instruction to move into the line.
(35th Battalion Diary)
4th April 1918.
North of the railway cutting Sayers Company of the 35th Battalion advanced with equal success. The Germans immediately ahead of it numbered not more than 100. As the company approached some of them ran. Lieutenant: Thomas Edward THOMPSON was wounded by a German at fifteen yards range.
(BEAN; History of World War 1 Vol V page 345) Charles Edwin Woodrow BEAN
4th-5th April 1918
The First VILLERS-BRETONNEUX
The Strength of the 9th Infantry Brigade was about 2,250 but their casualties during the 2 days of fighting numbered 30 Officers and 635 men either killed in action or missing.
9th Infantry Brigade Casualties.4th-5th April 1918
|33rd Battalion. AIF||3 Officers||82 Other ranks|
|34th Battalion. AIF||5 Officers||120 Other ranks|
|35th Battalion. AIF||9 Officers||282 Other ranks (including 44 missing)|
|36th Battalion. AIF||12 Officers||133 Other ranks (including 1 missing)|
|9th Machine Gun Company. AIF||1 Officer||18 Other ranks (including 4 missing)|
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Alfred was a single 21 year old Shop Assistant from Bray Street, South Murwillumbah, N.S.W upon enlistment. Alfred worked for Perry Brothers for 5 years as a Shop Assistant and served with the 8th Infantry in Queensland prior to enlisting with the AIF. His parents William and Eleanor Franks were married in 1892 at Murwillumbah, N.S.W. Marriage Cert:5230/1892.
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