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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Francis Williams, underage soldier

2005 Pte Francis Williams, 46 Inf Bn.

What is the Army's duty when a clearly underage boy presents for enlistment?  Rod Martin examines the lack of process when Francis Williams, aged 16, enlisted in 1916.


  1. Interesting. I am looking at a couple of 16 years olds at the minute in the training platoon in Maffra in 1916. One was even written about in the newspaper as being known as the "baby of the platoon"
    I suspect eyes were closed - he was training in his local area, and everyone would have known his age.

  2. Connived is the word I would use. It is quite plain that they did this. Of course the locals knew how old he was.