Francis Robert Stant

First Name: 
Francis
Middle Name: 
Robert
Last Name: 
Stant
Date of Birth: 
Friday, July 17, 1885
Mother's Name: 
Fanny Stant nee Wringe
Father's Name: 
William Stant
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, November 11, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, May 24, 1963
Details: 

Francis Robert Stant (Service No 4907), was born in London, England, and arrived in Australia around 1904.

At enlistment, he was single, 29 years old, worked as a railway signalman and lived in Bulli, N.S.W.

Francis embarked on HMAT A15 Star of England, with the 4th Battalion,15th Reinforcement, on 8th March 1916. Arriving in Egypt, he was transferred to the 56th Battalion, on 20th April 1916. 

On 29th June 1916, Francis arrived in France, and was made the 14th Brigade runner, on 18th July 1916. Against the odds he was not wounded during the Battle of Fromelles, on 19/20 July. Francis saw service on the Western Front and while not wounded he was admitted to hospital, on 14th November 1916, with bronchitis. In May 1917, he was operated on for varicose veins. He was repatriated to Australia in November 1917. Francis was discharged medically unfit, due to varicose veins and a hernia, on 12th February 1918, with a pension.

In 1922, Francis married Amy Talbot, in Sydney, N.S.W., and they had 3 children.

Francis died in 1963.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, STANT FRANCIS ROBERT

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