Francis Henry Belcher

Name   Francis Henry Belcher

Number    Gunner 6436

Battalion      4th Field Artillery Brigade   

Place of Birth   Ballarat

Next of Kin   His father, Alfred Ernest Belcher of Meeniyan

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 13/8/1915, his parents wrote a letter allowing him to enlist.

Physical details on enlistment Age 19 years 3 months, 5’6”, 9 stone 8, brown eyes and black hair

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Butcher

Date and place of death

He died of wounds on the 14/8/1917 in the 55th Field Hospital

Spoilbank Belgium

Location of memorial or grave

He is buried in the Voormazoele Cemetery Belgium

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He came from Meeniyan

Military History

  • His cousin Albert Belcher was also killed
  • As he was under 21 his permission to enlist was signed by his father
  • He was in the cadets in Outtrim
  • 13/8/15 he enlisted in Melbourne
  • 18/11/15 he embarked from Melbourne on H M A T Wiltshire

Landed at Suez, went to Heliopolis and Tel el kebir

  • 14/3/16 he embarked Alexandria
  • 19/3/16 he disembarked Marseilles
  • 21/7/17 he went on leave to England
  • He was in the 4th Field Artillery Brigade
  • 14/8/17 he died in the 55th field hospital
  • He was buried in Voormazoele Cemetery

He file contains a copy of his father’s permission letter and another with his mother’s signature on it.    (Page 16 and 17 of his file)

  • His effects were 2 identity discs, 2 rosaries, scissors, 3 coins a fountain pen, cards letters, cigarette case, knife, electric torch, money belt, pair of fliers, packet book, prayer book, wallet, cigarette lighter, body belt, 5 handkerchiefs, devotional medallion, cards letters brushes, metal ring, pipe, pair gloves.
  • His mother Mary Jane Belcher of Meeniyan P O received a 40/- per fortnight from 27/10/17
  • He had a National Mutual insurance policy
  • His Father received all medals, scroll and plaque

 

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