12th July 1915 Remembering – 112 Francis Wells

112 Spr. Francis Leslie Wells
112 Spr. Francis Leslie Wells

112 Francis Leslie Wells was a 21 years old electrical engineer,  from Surry Hills Sydney. Francis loved the outdoors and was a lifesaver with the Clovelly lifesaving Club and also played competitive tennis. He was a young man who loved life and was loved by his family and friends. He had two sisters Alma and Eileen and it appears that he may have left behind a sweetheart, a Miss. Lorna Downs.

Frank was proud of being in the Engineers, he enjoyed the hard work  and what they achieved at Lemnos prior to the landing at Gallipoli.  He was particularly proud of being the first and only representatives from New South Wales to land with the  dawn party  and rush the hills at Gallipoli.

 “Twenty-three of the Engineers with the 3rd Brigade, were in the first boat to touch the land on that memorable Sunday, April 25.”Sapper 112 Frank L Wells

Unfortunately on this day 100 years ago Francis was killed in action by a bomb blast to his neck and chest, the exact circumstances unknown……….. he is remembered and honoured and will never be forgotten.



Published Sunday Times – Sunday 8 August 1915.

“Sapper Frank L Wells, aged 22 years, of the 1st Field Company of Engineers, only son of Mrs. F. Wells, of the Hotel Victoria, Crown st, Surry Hills, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on July 12. In his last letter, written to his mother on June 27  last, he said ………..

“ We left Egypt on March 1 for Lemnos Island, just 40 miles from the Dardanelles. The Engineers were ashore for five weeks making wharves, etc. Twenty-three of the Engineers with the 3rd Brigade, were in the first boat to touch the land on that memorable Sunday, April 25.
The Engineers were the only New South Wales representatives to land with the party, who rushed the hills. From then we had the hardest 14 days that any one could experience. I can imagine how worried you must all be at this period, but please God, by the time you receive this every thing will be quiet — at least for some time. I am thankful to say so far I have not had a scratch, and have never been too tired at nights to thank God for his mercies each day. When I come home will have some experiences to relate, but you must be patient for a little longer. . am writing this in the trenches, where I have charge of a party of infantry doing some work and improvements.” –  Sapper 112 Frank L Wells
Source: nla.news-article120801151

112 Spr Frank Wells name is also on the famous memorial cross below…………. and he is buried at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave 30), Gallipoli, Turkey.




Australian War Memorial – Canberra
Plan of Commemorative area showing which panel the name Francis Leslie Wells' is located
Panel 25 – Plan of Commemorative area showing which panel the name Francis Leslie Wells’ is located


Roll of Honour name projection

Francis Leslie Wells’ name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory on:

  • Wed 8 July, 2015 at 11:56 pm
  • Sat 22 August, 2015 at 3:20 am
  • Tue 13 October, 2015 at 12:57 am
  • Mon 14 December, 2015 at 3:59 am
  • Wed 10 February, 2016 at 11:00 pm
  • Wed 6 April, 2016 at 7:17 pm
  • Sun 22 May, 2016 at 3:20 am
  • Sun 3 July, 2016 at 2:55 am
  • Tue 16 August, 2016 at 2:47 am
  • Wed 5 October, 2016 at 3:52 am

Sources: AWM, NAA, NLA


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