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Francis "Frank" James Blanchfield served in the Australian Imperial Force during World War One. He enlisted on 7 April 1915 in Ballarat at the age of 19. His service number is 1008 a private with the 24th Australian Infantry Battalion. He trained at Alexandria in Egypt and served at Gallipoli, Lone Pine, Turkey, France and Belgium. He fought for two and half years before being severely injured with a gun shot wound to his scalp. He was in and out of hospitals in England and Ireland for a year before being sent home and was discharged as "medically unfit" on 24 March 1919. Tree No. 452