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Frank Austin Stewart was born in Creswick, VIC and was a Clerk (and cello player) in Ballarat when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement on 6 April 1915 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915. He disembarked first at Alexandria but in March 1916 he moved to France. On August 26th he was wounded in action when he sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand. He was evacuated to hospital in England, destined not to return to the battle lines. He spent time in hospital and convalescent depots but as his arm recovered he developed problems with his feet. In November 1917 he was diagnosed with hammer toes on both feet and was assessed as unfit for further active service. He served as a Paying Officer for a period after the war. He returned to Australia on the Bremen and disembarked at Melbourne on July 21st 1920.
He was 27 years of age when he died in November 1924.
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