frank tasman poke
In May 1916, Frank was temporarily attached to the Artillery Details at Tel-el-Kabir and two weeks later embarked on HMT Corsican from Alexandria, arriving at Plymouth in England on 12 June 1916.
Frank was in England for several months whereafter he was taken on strength as driver with the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column (DAC). The ammunition column was attached to the 5th Division and had the dangerous role of delivering ammunition to the frontline and ensuring the troops were kept well supplied. The column also had to collect unused ammunition from where they had fallen after the artillery division had moved on.
Three months after Frank was killed, guns fell silent on the Western Front as armistice was declared.
Later, a small parcel of personal effects was forwarded to Frank's parents, containing cards, letters, pocket book, disc, wallet and photos.
In 1920, Jabez Poke received communication that the remains of his son had been transferred from the De Luce Cemetery to the Caix British Cemetery in France. The De Luce Cemetery contained the graves of 17 soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom, eight Canadian and five Australian soldiers, all of whom fell in August 1918.
The Caix British Cemetery is situated about 28 kilometres from Amiens, a stone throw from the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
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Thats my Great Uncle Frank .... thanks for this info on him which I wasnt aware of.
You're most welcome. Am in the final stages of a Poke / Lucas book which I hope to publish early next year.
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