Chapman Valley History

Francis William Pascoe

2758, Private Francis William PASCOE
Unit: 51st Battalion, AIF (formerly with 28th Battalion, 6th Reinforcements)

Where Born: Irwin, Dongarra, Western Australia
School: State School, Geraldton, WA
Address: Nolba, Upper Chapman
Occupation: Farmer
Religion: Wesleyan
Marital status: Single
Next of Kin: Father, Joseph Pascoe, Nolba, Upper Chapman
Description: Height 5’ 9”; weight 153 lbs; chest 36/38½”; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair

War Service: Francis enlisted 16 Aug 1915 at Geraldton, WA, aged 24 years 5 months. On 02 Nov 1915, he embarked per HMAT Ulysses from Fremantle, WA. He was taken on strength 03 Mar 1916 from 7th Training Battalion and transferred to his battalion from Zeitoun to Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt. Francis joined the British Expeditionary Forces, Alexandria, Egypt 05 Jun 1916 then disembarked at Marseilles, France 12 Jun 1916. He was appointed a transport driver 13 Sep 1916.
Killed in Action: 26 Sep 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium, on the Western Front, aged 26 years. Francis has no known grave. The Battle of Polygon Wood, fought near Ypres in Belgium was a significant battle in which the Australians suffered heavy casualties.
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Connections: Brother 2426, Sergeant Frederick James Pascoe, killed in action 23 Sep 1917 at Polygon Wood, three days before his brother.