William Frank CLOAK
Year of Birth: 1892
Place of Birth: Charters Towers, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 5 October 1916
Date and Place of Embarkation: 24 January 1917, Sydney, New South Wales
Ship: HMAT Ayrshire A33
Unit(s): 49th Australian Infantry Battalion – 2 to 10 Reinforcements
Regimental Number: 3375A
Died: 28 March 1918
Private W F Cloak – photo courtesy John Oxley Library SLQ
William Frank Cloak (aka Cloake) was the second eldest child of William Henry Cloake and his wife Flora (West). They had married in 1886 and had six children – Florence Eliza (1889), William Frances (1892), Charles Henry (1894), Emily May and Ernest Edmund John (1897) and Sarah An (1903). His mother, Florence Cloake died 1903 and his father, William Henry died 1945
William was residing at Wolfram Camp when he enlisted at Cairns on 21 October 1916 naming his father William Henry Cloak, White Rock Via Cairns as his next of kin. His occupation was Horse Driver and he was 22 years 5 months of age, 5 feet 8 inches in height, weighed 131 pounds with a dark complexion, dark brown eyes and hair. He was Roman Catholic.
William left all of his real estate to Miss Madge Gillmore of Wolfram Creek.
He embarked on the HMAT Ayrshire from Sydney on 24 January 1917 arriving in England on 12 April 1917. Before proceeding to France on 6 August 1917 he reported sick and again after arriving in France was admitted to hospital in Have, sick. He rejoined his unit on 21 September 1917.
William Frank Cloak was killed in action in France on 28 March 1918 and is buried at Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension, Senlis-le-Sec, Picardie, France.
A communication from the A.I.F. advised that “a package of personal effects of the late No. 3375A Private W.F.Cloak, 49th Battn. was included in a consignment shipped from England per S.S.”Barunga”, which vessel was, lost at sea with all cargo”.
HMAT Ayrshire A33 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial
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