Birth date: 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Violet Town
Death date: 15 July 1922
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Prahran
Final rank: Private
Service number: 251 - First World War, 1914-1918
  • 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
  • 6th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • 10th Australian Machine Gun Company

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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 4 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record (1)

Reardon, Francis (Private, b.1892 - d.1922) PR04662

Private Record

Reardon, Francis (Private, b.1892 - d.1922)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 251 Private Francis (Frank) Reardon, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry Force. Collection consists of a well detailed letter written by Pte Reardon from Hurdcott England to his father in 1918 describing his Machine Gun Company and...


Digitised Collection

Letter and postcards from Francis Reardon, 1917 - 1918

Letters and postcards relating to the First World War service of 251 Private Francis (Frank) Reardon, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion. The letters and postcards were written by Private Reardon to his family between 13 February 1917 and 1 February 1918. The postcards depict the places Private Reardon...



Date of birth 1892
Date of embarkation 1916-05-04
Date of death 1922-07-15