Francis Reardon was born at Violet Town, Victoria in 1892 to Patrick and Annie Reardon. All four of Patrick and Anne's sons served in the First World War. Reardon's brothers were John Michael, Joseph Percy and Patrick Leslie. A farm labourer before the war, Reardon enlisted on 22 March 1916 and was assigned to the 6th Machine Gun Company. He departed Australia with this unit on 4 May 1916 aboard HMAT Port Lincoln. He was transferred to the 10th Machine Gun Company during January 1917 and served with this unit in the field until he was injured in October 1917 by a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He re-joined his unit after almost a month of leave. Reardon continued to serve with the 10th Machine Gun Company until he was discharged and returned home to Australia aboard the hospital transport ship Karagola on 12 June 1919. Francis Reardon died on 15 July 1922 at the age of 27 and is interred at the Violet Town Cemetery.