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Monday, 19 May 2008
87th Battalion, B Area, 1914
Topic: Gen - St - WA

I came across this wonderful pic of the the officer Cadets of the 87th Battalion, B Area (Subiaco) 22nd Brigade, 5th Military District. The 87th Infantry Regiment was raised in outer Perth but during the reforms of 1912 the Regt was downgraded to a Battalion and used by the cadets to train future soldiers for the Milita.

They are so young and fresh with the world to look forward to as they posed for this picture which was taken in October 1914 at Bartletto Studio, Hay Street, Perth and published in the Western Mail, 30 October 1914 at p. 30.

The sitting men from left to right are:

2/Lt TV Taylor

Theodore Vallaney Taylor enlisted as a Lieutenant on 19 February 1915 in the 12th Infantry Battalion and finished service as a Captain in the 16th Infantry Battalion. He was wounded by shrapnell to the thigh on 26 May 1915. He was evacuated with neurasthimia 19 August 1915. Returned to Australia by Karoola, 30 October 1915. He was discharged as medically unfit for active service, 21 May 1916.

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=1932530&I=1&SE=1

Capt FH Sherlock;

Lt EH Knight [Area Officer]

Lieutenant ETH Knight was appointed the senior officer on 16 August 1913 who along with Captain WR Annear from the Cottesloe based 87th Battalion, "A" Area, commanded the 87th Battalion. 

Lt G Stroud; 

Walter Gregory Stroud enlisted as a Lieutenant on 24 March 1915 and finished service as a Captain in the 28th Infantry Battalion. He arrived at Gallipoli on 4 September 1915. On 20 October 1915 he was evacuated to the 7th Field Ambulance with tonsolitis which developed into influenza which later was diagnosed as enteric fever. Returned to Australia by Karoola, 19 January 1916. He was discharged as medically unfit for active service, 17 November 1917. Prior to the war, he had been a Second Lieutenant with  "H" Company, 87th Battalion, Cadets, 1913-14; and, Lieutenant with "B" Company, 88th Infantry Regiment 1914-15.

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=8095429&I=1&SE=1

Lt Kirkpatrick

The standing men from left to right are:

2/Lt G Mann

George Lionel Claude Mann who joined in July 1916 aged 19 and served in France with 4 DAC (35276)

2/Lt AH Jose;

2/Lt AF Gwynne

Andrew Flinders Gwynne joined in Jan 1917 aged 20 and fought in France with 43Bty 11 FAB (31187) and was wounded in April 1918 and DOW 9th April 1918.

2/Lt JW Franklyn;

John William Franklyn Second Lieutenant, enlisted on 10 February 1915 in the 11th Battalion, arriving at Gallipoli on 22 June 1915. He died of wounds on 6 August 1915 suffered during the attack on what would become Leane's Trench, on the spurs to the south of Lone Pine, and died aboard a hospital ship.

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=4019807&I=1&SE=1

The extract from the 11th Infantry Battalion War Diary describing the action at Lone Pine led by John William Franklyn.

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/AWM4/23/AWM4-23-28-5.pdf

Additional information may be found at the site: Officers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Died at Gallipoli, 1915; an excellent website produced by Bryn Dolan. Here is the specific address:

http://www.anzacs.org/index_efg.html#FNames

Bryn Dolan has kindly provided the additional information about John William Franklyn at Comment 1:

http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1814823/87th-battalion-b-area-1914/

Lt AT Williams;

2/Lt Seaton;

2/Lt AC Henville;

Archibald Clarence Henville enlisted on 9 September 1915, aged 19, with 1st Field Company Engineers, Service Number 590. He saw service at Anzac, France and Belgium.

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=5476285&I=1&SE=1

2/Lt AJ Pate

Alfred James Pate enlisted on 17 February 1916 aged 19 and served with the 27th Infantry Battalion and 50th Infantry Battalion, Service Number 6277. He saw service in France and Belgium. He was wounded in action by shrapnel to his face at Broodeseinde Ridge during the Third Battle of Ypres. He returned to Australia on the Ascanius, leaving London on 14 January 1919.

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=8009272&I=1&SE=1

Extract from 50th Infantry Battalion War Diary, 11 October 1917.

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/AWM4/23/AWM4-23-67-16.pdf

Regarding the picture, one can clearly see the "87" marked on their hats. The leather leggings are also a keen feature.

This is the last glimpse of the old order for these men. After this photograph was taken, life changed dramatically for all the men. Some never reached the end of the decade. The comfortable re-assurance in this picture was to disappear amidst the carnage and horror of the trenches.

[Thanks to Steve Becker and Bryn Dolan who provided additional information]


Citation: 87th Battalion, B Area, 1914

 


Posted by Project Leader at 8:00 PM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 18 June 2008 2:08 PM EADT

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 - 9:37 AM EADT

Name: alh-research
Home Page: http://alh-research.tripod.com

Additional information about John William FRANKLYN kindly provided by Bryn Dolan:

2nd Lieutenant John William FRANKLYN, 11th Battalion, Died of wounds at Sea, aboard HMHS 'Sicilia', on 6 August 1915, aged 18.
Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 28 January 1916). Special Mention.

Born: Ballarat, Victoria, 25 October 1896.
Educated:

  1. St. Patrick's College, Ballarat Vic
  2. Christian Brothers College, Perth, WA.

Draper, of Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.

2nd Lieut., 10 February 1913, 87th Battalion, Senior Cadets.
Lieutenant, C.M.F.; in charge of Cable Station, then to Blackboy Hill drilling recruits.

5th Reinforcements, 11th Bn AIF. Embarked at Fremantle, WA on HMAT A20 'Hororata' 26 April 1915.

2nd son. Aged 18 years 9 months.  - Perth Western Herald 3 September 1915, p. 31.

Nephew of Mr A. Adair, of the Ballarat Courier office. Father was formerly of Ballarat. Enlisted at Subiaco, WA. - Ballarat Courier, 18 August 1915, p. 4. Further information: Ballarat Courier 28 August 1915, p. 4.

Letter from Lieut. Franklyn in W.A. Record, 14 August 1915.

Special Mention in Army Corps Routine Orders:

 

COMPLIMENTARY: The Army Corps Commander wishes to thank the following officers, N.C.O's, and men whose names have been brought to his notice for the gallant and good work they performed on the night of 31st July - 1st August in connection with the taking of a Turkish trench:- 2nd. Lieut. J.W. Franklyn, 11th Battalion (Died of wounds).

The above has been promulgated in Australian Military Order No. 733 of 1915.' (Army Corps Routine Orders dated 10 August 1915).

Extracted from Military Form B103:

  • Taken on strength of 11th Battalion from 5th Reinforcements, Gallipoli, 22 Jun 1915.
  • Wounded in action 6th August. Admitted to Hospital - Shell wound to hand and abdomen.
  • Transferred to Hospital Ship; Gunshot wound penetrating abdomen. Died at 8.20 pm, 6th August 1915 aboard Hospital Ship 'Sicilia'. Buried at sea.


Fatally wounded in an attack from the southern end of Tasmania Post against Leane's Trench, which had been captured by the Australians, then counter-attacked and re-taken by the Turks early on August 6th:

'The charge was at once made. Prockter's men, who were largely reinforcements, had no more than forty yards to traverse, but were met by heavy fire. Part of them, missing the trench, ran south of it into the gully, and were killed by the enemy's machine-guns. About half the party - mostly wounded and too few to assault the trench successfully - reached the parados and flung themselves down behind it. Two newly-arrived reinforcements, named Johns and Morrison, could be seen coolly rising and firing rapidly into the trench or the gully and then sheltering again.
...As the first rush had failed, MacLagan ordered Franklyn to charge. This party was met with even heavier fire than the first, but most of it reached the parados and stood for a moment firing down. Then, as the enemy fell or spread, the survivors of both parties jumped into the trench. All the enemy in it were killed, but six were captured in the tunnel. Of the parties which made this gallant counter-attack, both had suffered heavily. Both officers were mortally wounded. [by shell-fire on the edge of the trench. Prockter died in the aid post; Franklyn on the hospital ship]. In Prockter's party of 26, 8 were killed and 18 wounded, the gallant Johns and Morrison both losing their lives.'
(Bean Vol. 2 pp. 492, 493, 493n).


Lieutenants Prockter and Franklyn were recommended for extreme gallantry and devotion to duty for their part in the capture of 'Turkish Despair', which became 'Leane's Trench.' (See Belford, pp. 139 -140).

At the 1916 Anzac Day Service at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Perth, Archbishop Clunes said:

'...The dead faces of those who went forth in the bloom and freshness of youth rise before us to-day - those of Captain Lalor, Lieutenants Anderson and Franklin, poor Harry Campbell, young Kidston...'

(West Australian, 26 April 1916, p. 6).

Bryn Dolan

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