Francis Leo O'Meara

 Francis Leo O'Meara

Francis Leo O'meara was born in 1893, in the Victorian town of Toongabbie.

Frank enlisted in the AIF on the 24th of July 1915, and spent the following months training in Seymour and Broadmeadows.

On the 27th of October 1915 Frank left Australia aboard the HMAT Ulysses and spent several months in Egypt then onto the Western Front in France.

Both Frank and his brother Pat became embroiled in their first major battle on the Western Front, less than a month after they arrived in France.

The battle of Fromelles was a disaster for the Australians. Attacking in the first wave, they suffered heavy casualties at the hands of German machine-gunners, and its advance faltered far short of its objective. 

During this battle Franks brother Pat was reported Missing in Action and would be later declared Killed in Action.

As the war progressed Frank found himself in some of the most tortuous battles including Bullecourt in May 1917, and participated in the now legendary counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux during March 1918. 

Franks letters home document the journey from training in Australia, the hot sandy conditions of Egypt and the harsh reality of the frontline of France.

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