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Billinge F R  Pte  492

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Francis Reginald Billinge in Record of war service of

bank and staff 1914-1919    


Billinge F R   Pte  492    Francis Reginald       7 Inf Bn    22    Clerk    Single    Pres        

Address:    Flemington, Mt Alexander Rd, "Emville"   

Next of Kin:    Billinge (sic), Josephine, Mrs, "Emville", Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington    

Enlisted:    20 Aug 1914        

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914  

Prior service:  School cadets 


Flemington-Kensington Church News, February 1917


No 492 Sergt F R Billinge sailed with the 7th Batt and went through the Gallipoli Campaign.  At the landing he was one of four out of forty in his boat to reach the beach.  He has been twice buried by exploding shells - for 15 and 20 minutes respectively.  He is now in Army Pay Corps, Horseferry Road, London.  He describes London "as a very big place, but rather too crowded for my liking".  He expresses constant admiration for the underground railways and the splendid management of the traffic.  "I have not yet been able to see any of the historic places as we have been working very hard. Things are not too good here;  food is an enormous price and sugar is hardly obtainable.  When people want sugar they have to spend 2 or 3 shillings on other groceries before they can get a pound".


Mentioned in this publication:

Record of war service of bank and staff 1914-1919

One Thousand Days with the AIF   

Flemington-Kensington Church News,  October 1918 Letter from McLean-R-R-Driver-14271


Mentioned in this correspondence:

Stelling-Gus-Letter-from-Cairo Sep-Oct 1915


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall A-F


Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours                

Regimental Register

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