48 Frank Atherton
Sapper 48 Frank Atherton was born in Broadgreen, Liverpool Lancashire in England on the 23rd October 1890.
On his enlistment papers it is revealed he was 23 years old, a fitter with the United Arc Light Coy. in Fleetwood England. He also served with the Regimental volunteers for 2 years.
His father Maurice was his next of Kin and his residence noted as 44 Heathcote st , Hull in England
Frank was just 5ft 5″ and his war record shows that while at Gallipoli on the 19th May he suffered “Carius Dentin’ an inflammation of the gums and infectious. He was initially transferred to Alexandria General Hospital and then onward to hospital in England.
His condition worsened and suffering with rheumatism, in August 1916, he returned to Australia for home service and was later discharged on the 18th October 1916.
It appears on his return to Australia Frank quickly returned to England.
In October 1917 he was living in England at 6 Guthrie st, Chelsea London as his war medal was forwarded and signed off as received by Frank at this address.
In 1918 his wife Alma Isabel Hilda Atherton was noted as receiving his pension and was living at 56 Vassall Rd, Brixton.
Very little information has surfaced on Frank as his return to England has made research a little more difficult.
It is hopeful that a relative may stumble upon this brief summary of his war service with the originals of the 1st FCE.