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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*

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Last Name:Francombe
First Name:Thomas Bowditch
Rank:Able Seaman
Birth Date: 28-07-1864
Branch:Victorian Navy

Thomas Bowditch Francombe

Able Seaman

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 Prot  5' 7"  37"  stout  Dark Blue  feet, wrist, breast  

From Volunteer Listing kept by CPO Goding & held by grandson Lawrence Dilks, Williamstown. Compared with China Contingent List. Prepared by Ada Ackerly, Directory Williamstown Museum, c 1987.


 

died: 6-7-1935

source:
Victorian Navy Monument, Williamstown Cemetery
 
Erected by the Officers, Petty Officers and Men of the Permanent Naval Force of Victoria
 
In Memory of their Deceased Comrades
 
Large Monument surmounted by Large Anchor

courtesy of Helen Harris, OAM

 


 

Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.


 

More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 109 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.


* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.
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