Frank Howard Bartley

Name: Frank Howard Bartley

Rank: Private

Service Number: 4500

Units Served: 32nd Battalion

Personal Details: Frank Howard Bartley was born on the 14th of October 1881 at Minlaton, South Australia. He was the oldest son of George and Elizabeth Bartley.

Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 17th October 1916 at Cheltenham and was posted to the 12th Reinforcement of the 32nd Battalion as a private at the age of 35.
Details about his role in War: He embarked from Adelaide on the 16th of December 1916 on the “Berrima” and arrived in Devonport in England on the 16th February 1917. In May of 1917 he had the middle finger of his left hand amputated. He had obviously injured it some time before has he had this operated on a number of times in 1916.
He was deemed fit to return in July and continued training before being taken on strength by the 32nd Battalion on the 26th of October.
During 1918 the 32nd Battalion had a relatively quiet time spending most of it in reserve until August when it participated in the Battle of Amiens.
Frank stayed with the Battalion until the 29th September 1918 when he was hit by a shell near Bellicourt as the Battalion launched an offensive on the Hindenburg Line.
This was the last battle that the 32nd Battalion would fight in World War 1.
Age at Death: 36
Memorial Details: Villers-Bretonneux
Interesting Material:
He was engaged to Lucy Wells from Auburn SA.


Commemorated by


Hamish Jurgs


Hamish and Bethany Jurgs

2nd December 2008


Hamish and Bethany Jurgs

1st December 2010


Bartley, - In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Frank Howard Bartley, 32nd Battalion, killed in action in France on September 29, 1918.
The Advertiser, 29th September 1919