This month marks the anniversary of Frank Tasman Poke's death, a Tasmanian soldier who was killed during the First World War.
Frank was a 19 year old farmer residing with his parents, Jabez Poke and Jane Bissett, when he enlisted on 24 August 1915. He was the second son to join the AIF after his brother, Harry James Poke, enlisted five months earlier.
Frank was a Private with the 11th Reinforcement of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment when he departed from Melbourne on the SS Hawkes Bay on 28 October 1915.
Shortly after arrival in Egypt, Frank was sent to the Heliopolis base where he was taken on strength of the 1st Light Horse Brigade Reserve Regiment. At this time, the regiment was engaged in patrols against the pro Turkish Senussi tribes in the Nile Valley.