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Joseph Douglas France

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
1892
Lieu de naissance:
Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia

Informations générales

Profession:
Moulder
Religion:
Methodist

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Australia
Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
4719
Incorporation date:
24/01/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Unités:
 —  Australian Infantry, 17th Bn. (New South Wales)  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
20/09/1917
Lieu de décès:
Anzac, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
25

Cimetière

Poelcapelle British Cemetery
Parcelle: LV
Rangée: B
Tombe: 6

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

Private Joseph Douglas France enlisted, 23 years of age, together with his younger brother Sydney Frederick on the 24th January 1916.
They were given consecutive regimental numbers in the 17th Battalion AIF, part of the 2nd Australian Division, 5th Brigade.
Joseph worked as moulder in Leichardt, New South Wales and was single.

20th September 1917 was the first day of the Battle of the Menin Road, part of the Battle of Passchendaele ( also known as the Third Battle of Ypres).
The 5th Australian Brigade attacked at 05.40 a.m. with the 20th Battalion and 18th Battalion in support; the 17th and 26th Battalions were in reserve.
The attack went well, although the left of the 20th Battalion met some resistance from a line of old concrete artillery shelters, causing a slight hold up. They went on to the first objective, but whilst attempting to consolidate, came under fire from two pillboxes 200 yards away. To save further casualties, these were dealt with on the spot.

The 18 Battalion took over the attack on the Blue Line, taking Iron Cross Redoubt and Anzac House in its stride.It was then forced to take Garter Point to prevent sniping on troops consolidating the Blue Line.

The third objective, the Green Line, was assaulted by the 17th and 28th Battalions supported by the 26th Battalion, and was taken easily.

An eye witness to Sydney’s death, Corporal J.V. Jacka stated to the Red Cross:” Joe France was with his company up till after they had dug in after reaching their objective. He was in a shell hole when a Fritz machine flew down over our lines and opened a machine gun on us. One of the bullets from this machine pierced Joe’s heart. He would have been buried in the trench."

Private Joseph Douglas France was 25 years of age, and lies in the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, plot LV, row B, grave 6
His brother Sydney Frederick was also killed in action the same day, during the same Battle

Rapports avec d'autres militaires 1

Fichiers 1

Maps Consulter

Sources 8

"Passchendaele, The Day-by-Day Account",McCarthy C., Arms&ArmourPress, London, 1995, page 80 + 82-83"
Sources utilisées
CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/491498/joseph-douglas-france/
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Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4033158
Sources utilisées
The AIF Project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=102932
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The Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search/people?people_preferred_name=France&people_service_number=4719&people_unit=
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The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/2nd-australian-division/
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War Diary 17th Battalion
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1343929
Sources utilisées
War Diary 5th Brigade
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1347529
Sources utilisées