REDDiNGTON, Frank and John

Frank and John were sons of John and Agnes Reddington who lived at Copeton NSW. Frank enlisted first. He was a twenty-five-year-old Labourer when he enlisted at Armidale in October 1916 and joined the 13th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement. He sailed from Australia for England on HMAT A72 Beltana in November 1916. After arriving in England in January 1917 he was ill and did not go to France until July. During May 1918 he was wounded in action and returned to England for treatment at 1st Soiuthern General Hospital for a gun shot wound to his abdomen. In October he re-joined his unit in France. Frank returned to Australia and was medically discharged in June 1919. He lived at Stannifer near Inverell and died in 1951. He was buried at Inverell Cemetery.

John enlisted at Liverpool NSW in February 1917 when he was thirty years old. He joined the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 11th Reinforcement and left Australia on HMAT A72 Beltana in June 1917. After some time in England, he was sent to France in April 1918. During July that year he was wounded but remained on duty. He returned to Australia and was medically discharged in September 1919. During the 1940s Frank lived at Warialda Rail. He died at Warialda in 1953.

Both Frank and John have their names recorded on the Copeton Honor Roll and the Stannifer and Old Mill Honor Roll.