Francis Joseph De VERE (1896-1950)

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Lieutenant: 405 Francis Joseph De VERE. M.C.


Born: 28th January 1896. Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:

Married: 1932. Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:11716/1932.

Wife: Flora N De Vere.nee: Furey.

Died: 19th March 1950. Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:4114/1950.


Father: Joseph De Vere.

Step Father: Mark Taylor.

Mother: Ella Mary De Vere. nee: .


INFORMATION

Francis Joseph De Vere enlisted with the AIF at Newcastle on the 9th May 1915 and was allocated to the 35th Battalion when the Battalion was raised in January 1916 with the rank of Private and embarked on board HMAT A24 "Benalla" from Sydney for England on the 1st May 1916 and was promoted to Lance Corporal whist at sea on the 15th May. He disembarked with the 35th Battalion at Plymouth England on the 9th July 1916 and entrained to Lark Hill to the durrington Army Camp.

Francis proceeded overseas for France with the 35th Battalion on the 21st of November and was marched into Estaples where he was detached to the Base Depot where he joined to Pay Corps as a Pay Clerk and was promoted to Sergeant on the 10th January 1917. Joseph was detached to Duty as Pay Sergeant with the 35th Battalion on the 13th April 1917 before being granted leave to Paris from the 4th August until the 15th of August 1917. He was transfered to the 35th Battalion in the field on the 27th of August where he reverted to the permanent grade of Lance Corporal but was promoted to Sergeant the next day Vice 2nd Lieutenant: 1879 Victor Theodore RITCHIE when he received his Commision.

Francis received his Commission to 2nd Lieutenant on the 1st of September 1917 and to Lieutanant on the 11th January 1918 before being granted leave to England from the 22nd January until the 6th February.

5th May 1918.

Lieutenant. 932 Hector Reginal McLEOD, who after members of his Signal Staff had become casualties, in over 1,000 yards of line repaired 62 breaks. At 9:00pm 0n 6th May "C" Company moved forward to occupy a new line of Posts. Owing to the darkness touch was lost between Platoons and No: 9 and 10 were unable to advance due to wire obsticles and enemy Strong Posts. No: 11 Platoon came into contact with a cluster of Strong Points and suffered a number of casaulties without being able to eject the enemy from their position.

During this action Francis was awarded the Military Cross

MILITARY CROSS

Lieutenant Francis Joseph De VERE. 35th Battalion AIF. During an attack on enemy position near MORLANCOURT near ALBERT on the night of 5/6th May 1918 this Officer rendered invaluable service in the attack and subsequent consolidation. He was in Command of a small party, and found himself surrounded by the enamy, bur unhesistingly charged with the bayonet, routed them and reached his final objective. For some considerable time with a very small force he beat off determined enemy attacks, and eventually secured the consulidation of the line. During the whole operation he exhibited great personal bravery and capable leadership.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 4 February 1919 Page 135, position 7

London Gazette: 16 September 1918 page 11047, position 4

Francis was treated by the 9th Australian Field Ambulace on the 3rd July 1918 as he was suffereing from Pleurisy and he transfered to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station to be transported and admitted to the 8th General Hospital at Rouen. After being discharged on the 16th July Francis was marched in the the Reinforcements Depot at Rouelles and out to his unit on the 21st and rejoined them on the 23rd of July 1918. He remained in the line with the 35th Battalion until he was granted leave to Paris from the 3rd to the 14th of August.

21-22 August 1918.

"Zero Hour, August 21st, at thick fog lay across the front. The allied 3rd Army's Guns were clearly audible to the north. As reports filterd to the waiting Diggers, they learned that the Germans had been suprised, all objectives had been achieved and 2,000 prisoners had been taken. Because of the comparative ease of the victory of that first phase, it was decided to extend the second phase of the objectives. Gellibrand issued orders to continue the assault if the British 47th, on the Australian left flank, were successful and Bray was cleared. Unfortunately these orders, being last-minute, did not arrive at all units.

For the Australians their first active envolvement in the action was planned for dawn on the 22nd August, at 4:45am. Zt 2:20am the Germans, possibly anticipating an attack, opened up with a barrage of artillery which went for an hour. The 33rd was being held in old trenches near Tallis Wood. It was a bright moonlit night, and officers and scouts laying tapes to mark the jumping off point could plainly see the advancing Battalions 800 yards away. A second enemy barrage fell at 4:00am. This time the 33rd were caught on the Meaulte-Etinechem Road where they had assembled. The men flattened themselves as shells landed around them on the road., continually showering them with dirt. For somr reason a forward German post asked their Gunners to lift their range, to the great relief of the 33rd, but it wasn't such a good move for the 3rd Division Machine Gunners who were formed up in the rear ready to cover the flanks, nor for the reserve 11th Brigade. Both reported casulties from the shelling. The 33rd had been lucky to receive only twenty casulties, the 35th Battalion a mere six.

During this action Francis was Wounded in Action where he received a Gun Shot Wound to his Right Calf and was first treated by the 11th Australian Field Ambulance before being transfered to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station. After being discharged he rejoined his unit on the 30th of August where he remained untin being granted leave after the Armistice from the 18th November until the 1st December to Paris. On the 16th of February, Francis was to be Adjadent of the Battalion vice: Lieutenant: George James FINLAYSON

18th December 1919.

Informant: Lieutenant: Francis Joseph De VERE. Adjt. "Captain: Albert Edward YATES. was Killed in Action by an enemy bullet whilst leading his Company in the Hamel engagement on 8th August last. He was buried by Chaplain 3rd Class: John Edward Norman OSBORN. C.E. attached to this Battalion at P.16.c.1.6. Sheet 62D near Hamel and a cross erected over his grave by the members of the Battalion.

For C.O 35th Battalion AIF.

Frances was marched out for leave in England from the 3rd of April to the 11th of April 1918 and returned to England on the 19th May to Codford and embarked from England on board the "Prinz Hubertus" on the 3rd July 1919 and his appointment was terminated from the AIF on the 14th October 1919.

Family Information

Francis was a single 22 year old Clerk from Hampden Avenue, Adamstown, N.S.W upon enlistment. His mother Ella M De Vere married Mark Taylor in 1901 at Newcastle, N.S.W. Marriage Cert:1651/1901.

Frances was Cremated at the Beresfield Crematorium 1950.

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