Biography

Birth date: 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Violet Town
Death date: 15 July 1922
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Prahan
Final rank: Private
Service number: 251 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 04 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Timeline

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