Francis Henry Marsh
Serial No. 3183
55th Battalion & Australian Vet Hospital
Francis Henry Marsh - Information
Francis, known as Frank, was born in Oakdale in 1900 to William and Isabella Marsh. As the war continued to rage, he was living on his family's property in The Oaks near Picton, finding work as a labourer. Claiming that he was 18, he joined the colours in Goulburn on the 3rd of October 1916. He departed Sydney on the 11th of November 1916 upon the HMAT Suevic as a Private with the 55th Battalion.
Frank landed in Devonport in late January 1917, and was marched out to the 14th Training Battalion in Hurdcott. On the 28th of November, he left Folkestone for the Western Front. He joined the 55th Battalion in the lines in early December. Frank was then wounded on the 20th of March 1918, when shell blasts sent shrapnel into his face. He was treated at the 11th Casualty Clearing Station, before being admitted to a Stationary Hospital in April. The following month, he was transferred to the Australian Vet Hospital in Calais. He spent the rest of his service taking care of horses and mules that were used for war duties. He was then sent back to Australia onboard the Sarsdinia on the 19th of April 1919, returning to his family in The Oaks.