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Frank Field        

Frank Field

Career: 1901 - 1902
Debut: Round 14, 1901 v Essendon aged 21 years 298 days old
Carlton Player No.: 117
Games: 13
Goals: 1
Last game: Round 10, 1902 v St Kilda aged 22 years 276 days old
Height: 173cm (5ft 8ins)
Weight:
DOB: October 2, 1879


Field played 13 games for the Blues after debuting in 1901. He kicked 1 goal after being recruited from Tarnagatta which is west of Bendigo.

He was born Thomas Franklin Field at Tarnagatta in 1879 and died March 1, 1963 at Heidelberg aged 83. In many of the history books, Frank is often listed as Fred but we at the Blueseum, and at Carlton, are satisfied that Frank is the right name.

He enlisted with the AIF on July 9, 1917, embarked from Australia on November 21, 1917, was badly wounded in action on August 18, 1918, when shot in the chest and invalided to the UK on August 27, 1918. After a long convalescent he returned to Australia on January 30, 1919 and was discharged from the army on February 2, 1919.

Frank's enlistment records have been found. Birth date and place of birth differ. Tarnagulla/Tarnagatta. There is no Tarnagatta near Bendigo but there is a Tarnagulla.
Click on link below. Perhaps a photo of him can be traced from his army service records?
Thomas Franklin Field 6796 21st Battalion (Third Sportsman's Unit) DOB: 02/10/1880. Laarnecoorie/Larnecoorie near Bendigo. Tarnagulla is approx 10 km NW Laarnecoorie.
Pvt. Field boarded the transport ship HMAT Nestor A71 which departed Melbourne on November 21. It took 64 days to sail to Southampton England via the Suez Canal, arriving 24 January.
In 1918 the 21st Battalion fought at Hamel (4th July), Amiens (began 08 August 100 day war) and Mont St.Quentin (31 August - 03 September)
While Frank was recuperating in hospital, due to the lack of replacements the 21st was reduced to company strength. A full strength Battalion consisted of approx.1,000 men plus officers, a Company was 230 men plus 6 officers. The Battalion was ordered to disband, with the men to be absorbed into it's sister units. In response the men mutinied on September 25. This order was then quickly withdrawn.The 21st. fought its last battle at Montbrehain on the 05 October. The Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes had urged Lt. General Sir John Monash to give all A.I.F. front line troops a rest from the continuous fighting. The 21st. was the last Australian Battalion to be withdrawn from active service on the Western Front. While the A.I.F. troops were enjoying a much deserved R&R, The Armistice was arranged and all hostilities on the Front ceased at 11am on the 11th November.
Frank Field returned to Australia on board the "Saxon" departing England on 11 December 1918 and arriving back in Melbourne in January. He was formally discharged on 14 February 1919. (100 years to the day that this section of Frank's bio was written.)
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3555383

Mentioned in The Herald May 04 (p3) 1917 as one of Carlton's serving soldiers as Pvt. F. Fielding, same person?

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