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Francis Rupert (Frank) Fell

Name on Board FR Fell
Name on Service
Francis Rupert (Frank)  Fell
Enlistment Age 21
Occupation Pastry Cook
Place of Birth Echuca, Vic
Next of Kin Alfred William and Frances Eliza Fell
Address Cockatoo Creek, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 13/03/1916
Service No. 585
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 3/06/1916
Embarkation Ship HMAT Persic A34
Unit on Embarkation 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 12/10/1917
Unit on Death 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Private
Cause of Death KIA
Place of Wounding/
Belguim (exhumed from original grave and reinterred)
Cemetery or Memorial Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium
Additional Information Attended attended North Williamstown School. Five Fell brothers enlisted in WW1. Frank Rupert Fell and Arthur Rex Fell (744) enlisted in the 37th Battalion on the same day, 13 March 1916.  They both embarked together on the Persic to England and arrived in France in November 1916.  Frank was wounded in action at Passchendaele and taken to a dressing station.  Sadly a shell landed on the dressing station killing Frank.  He was buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery. Arthur Fell returned to Australia in May 1919.  Two other Fell brothers, Edwin Thomas Fell (10249) and John Alfred Fell (504) returned to Australia after serving on the Western Front. Victor Harold Fell (also on the Williamstown Town Hall Honour Board) was KIA 5/8/1916.
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