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Ryan, Francis William (5443)

Place of Birth: Northcote, VIC

Age: 23 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 1 April 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 5443            view online service record

12 Balgonie Street (Place ?)
Northcote, VIC

Next of Kin:
Florence Ryan (wife)
12 Balgonie Street (Place ?)
Northcote, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Friday, 28 July 1916
Ship: HMAT Themistocles A32
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 14th Reinforcements

RTA: Sunday, 21 April 1918
Discharged: Friday, 9 August 1918

Florence later lived at 6 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne.

Private, 21 Infantry, died of wounds/disease 25 February, 1923, 11 AGH, Caulfield, commemorated Northcote Cemetery.

Parents: Patrick Burnett and Susan Ryan, wife: Mrs Florence RYAN, born Northcote. He enlisted as a 23-year-old labourer with his wife shown in Northcote, but adjusted to 6 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne before he actually embarked. He returned to Australia with wounds to the jaw and neck in October, 1918 and was admitted to the 11th General Hospital in Kooyong Road, Caulfield on 20 July, 1920 where he died on 25 February, 1921 from pneumonia and complications contracted while on service. Interred Northcote Cemetery.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 19, 2016 8.42 am 0Likes

    Francis and Florence (nee George) appear to have lived in Port Melbourne (possibly with Florence’s parents) after their marriage in 1914; their two sons Bernard Francis (1914) and George William (1915) both born in Port. Balgownie PLACE in Northcote may have been Francis’ parents address : he and several siblings were born in Northcote and he was one of three casualties to be interred in the small local Cemetery which by that time was restricted to family plots.

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