Francis Henry [Chook] Harmer was born at Mt Pleasant South Australia. He grew up at Gerang Gerung Victoria. He was one of three brothers to enlist for duty in the World War 1. His brothers were and . They all served in France and were all fortunate to return home safely. Chook as he was known nver married. He worked as a labourer Lumping bagged grain into stacks. He was a a sussessful greyhound trainer and owner and also a breeder of Bard Kelpie sheepdogs. In his youth he also played football for local Gerang club.