Francis Washington POWER

Year of Birth: 1895

Place of Birth:  Charters Towers, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  25 April 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 June 1915, Brisbane; 21 October 1916, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Aeneas A60; HMAT Boonah A36

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  26th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  1167

Died:  26 April 1917

 

Francis Washington Power – photo courtesy RSL Virtual War Memorial

 

Pte. F W Powers – Northern Herald (Cairns)

 

Francis Washington Power was born on the 15 February 1895 in Charters Towers, the second child of Martin Francis Power and Ellen (Helen) Frances Carney. He had an older sister, Aethela Mary born 1893, a younger brother Henry Carr born 1899 and a younger sister Ellen Agnes born 1903.

On his enlistment in Claremont, Tasmania he was 23 years 2 months, occupation a labourer and next of kin was his father Mr. Martin F Power, McLeod St, Cairns. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 150 pounds with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.  He was Roman Catholic.

He embarked from Brisbane on 29 June 1915 on HMAT Aeneas but contracted illness while in Cairo and was invalided home to Australia where he spent his recuperation at Langwarrin Military Hospital, Melbourne. He embarked again from Brisbane on the HMAT Boonah on 21 October 1916, arriving in Plymouth, England on 10 January 1917. He proceeded to Etaples, France on 15 February 1917 only to be admitted to hospital with mumps.

Francis  rejoined his unit on 23 March 1917.  On 23 April 1917 he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station where he died of his wounds on 26th April 1917. He was buried at Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Achiet-le-Grand Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

 

HMAT Aeneas A60 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

Northern Herald (Cairns) 2 May 1918 p3

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

NAA: B2455, Power, Francis Washington, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photograph F W Power, Trove Digitised Newspapers

Photograph, Power Francis Washington, RSL Virtual War Memorial

Photograph HMAT Aeneas A60, Australian War Memorial

Northern Herald (Cairns) Thursday 2 May 1918 p3

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

 

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