Do you know more? You can share your personal stories and photos on the ANZAC Centenary website.
Frank Tonkin was born in Ballarat and was a Miner by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, B Company on 12 May 1916 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916. He trained this time with the 39th Battalion in Ballarat before embarking from Melbourne on May 27th aboard the Ascanius. He reached the United Kingdom in mid-July and in November 1916 he crossed to France. On June 7th 1917 he was wounded in action, gassed. He was evacuated to hospital in France but by August it was deemed necessary to transfer him to hospital in England for further treatment. He was then returned to Australia on the Euripides, disembarking at Melbourne on March 21st 1918.
Tree No 2394