• Francis Michael O'Donnell

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    • The Men of "A" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Friday, 17 January 2020

    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Sat 8 May 1915 [Issue No.36] Page 828 Department of Defence, Ex. Min. No. 313. Melbourne, 5th May, 1915. AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE. Appointments, Promotions, Etc. HIS Excellency the Governor-General, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the following appointments promotions, &c., being made in the Australian Imperial Force, to date from 28th April, 1915, except where otherwise stated :— To be Captains — Captain F. M. O'Donnell, Australian Army Service Corps. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Sat 22 May 1915 [Issue No.41] Page 953 Department of Defence, Ex. Min. Xo. 356. Melbourne, 19th May, 1915. AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE. Appointments and Promotions. HIS Excellency the Governor-General, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the following appointments and promotions being made in the Australian Imperial Force, to date from 15th May, 1915, except where otherwise stated : — Promotions. To be Majors— Captain F. M. O'Donnell. The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Mon 24 May 1915 Page 8 EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. FAREWELL TO ARMY SERVICE CORPS OFFICERS. The Army Service Corps officers of the First Military District (Queensland) took the opportunity of saying farewell to their comrade Army Service Corps officers of the Australian Imperial Force at a dinner held on Thursday evening [20 May 1915] at Rowe's Cafe. The guests were: Captain A. E. Harte, Lieutenants W. Bolton, T.H. Stabler, S. J. Elliot, H. A. C. Gearing, being the commanding officer and officers of the 17th Company, A.S.C., A.I.F., attached to the 7th Infantry Brigade. Major F. M. O'Donnell, who, although an Army Service Corps officer, has volunteered for active service with the 26th Battalion, 7th Infantry Brigade, and Lieutenant J. W. Blacklock, now Quartermaster of the Field Ambulance, were also guests. Special reference was made to the satisfaction and pride all felt in the special mention made of the good work done by the Army Service Corps under the great difficulties experienced in landing at the Dardanelles. The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Wed 27 Oct 1915 Page 6 A Farmer Burned to Death. Mr D O'Donnell, of Ashwell, was burnt to death yesterday (our Rosewood correspondent advised last night) It appears that shortly after lunch the deceased went to attend to some cows in a paddock near his home, and as he did not return his wife went in search of him. She could not find him, and advised her neighbours. The search was unavailing until about 10 o'clock at night, when his body was discovered. His clothing was destroyed by a fire that earlier in the afternoon had spread among a patch of lantana near his boundary fence. From observations made it is surmised the victim made strenuous efforts to save the fence from destruction by the fire, and as overcome by the flames, which subsequently passed over his body. The deceased, who was born in Donegal, Ireland, was highly respected in the Ashwell district, where he had resided for the past 41 years. He was 66 years of age. He is the father of Captain F. M. O'Donnell, now fighting in Gallipoli. He leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters, one of the latter being in charge of the telephone exchange at Warwick. The funeral took place at the Tallegalla Cemetery to-day, the Rev Father Kelleher conducting the service. The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tue 21 Dec 1915 Page 7 A private cable message has been received from Major F. M. O'Donnell (East Brisbane), who has been in the trenches at Gallipoli for some time, that he has been invalided to Heliopolis suffering from bronchitis. A later cable message read: "'Convalescent, Hayat Hotel, Helonan." The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Mon 11 Dec 1916 Page 2 A cable has been received by Mrs. O'Donnell, East Brisbane, stating that her husband, Major F. M. O'Donnell, who left Brisbane, second in command of the 26th Battalion, 1915, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in France. The promotion dates as from 28th August, 1916, on which day he took over temporary command of the battalion. Major O'Donnell left Brisbane 24th April, 1915, during which time he did service in Gallipoli, and has been in France since last April. Major O'Donnell's cable states that he is well. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Fri 14 Apr 1933 Page 8 Lieut.-Colonel Francis O'Donnell, who will arrive at Hobart by the R.M.S Strathaird on Monday, will be visiting Tasmania to meet military colleagues and friends, apple growers and exporters, and to regain his health after a recent severe illness. Lieut.- Colonel O'Donnell has many military friends in Tasmania, especially among those who served in the two Tasmanian companies which were attached to his command the Queensland section of the 26th Battalion A.l.F., which served in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium, and won many honours and decorations as a fighting unit. The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Fri 26 Oct 1934 Page 14 Lieut.-Colonel F. M. O'Donnell, who is entering on his sixth year as manager and secretary of the Queensland Cold Storage Co-operative Federation, the annual meeting of which was held yesterday, has had a long and successful career of upwards of 30 years, with cold storage, and the butter industry. A native of Ipswich, he was secretary of the Lanefield Co-operative Farmers' Co. at the age of 19. Before the war he had his own cold storage business, and after the war he conducted an accountancy and taxation business up to the time of his present appointment five years ago. Going to the world war as a company commander in the 26th Battalion, he served for five years on Gallipoli and in Egypt, and France, and attained his rank of Lieut.-Colonel while on active service. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Tue 21 May 1935 Page 2 FUNERAL NOTICE. O'DONNELL, Lieut. -Col. F. M. — The funeral of Lieut.-Col. Francis Michael O'Donnell (Manager Hamilton Cold Stores and late 26th Battn. A.I.F.), beloved husband of Ellen Josephine O'Donnell and beloved father of Tom, Maureen and Gwen, will move from St. Stephen's Cathedral, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, to-morrow (Wednesday) forenoon, at 11 o'clock, to Bulimba Cemetery. Requiem Mass at St. Benedict's Church, East Brisbane, at 7.30 a.m. K. M. SMITH. O'DONNELL, Lieut.Col. F. M. — The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Martin O'Donnell, Misses Eileen and Winifred O'Donnell. Mrs. P. J.O'Donnell. Mr. and Mrs. R. O'Gorman, Mr. and Mrs. M. Scanlan and Mrs. M. Frency are Invited to attend the funeral of their beloved brother and brother-in-law, Lieut.-Col. F. M. O'Donnell. to move from St. Stephen's Cathedral. Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, to-morrow (Wednesday) forenoon. at 11 o'clock, to Bulimba Cemetery. Requiem Muss at St. Benedict's Church, East Brisbane, at 7.30 a.m. K. M. SMITH. Warwick Daily News (Qld. : 1919 -1954) Wed 22 May 1935 Page 5 LIEUT. COL.F. M. O'DONNELL BRISBANE, Tuesday.—The death of Lieutenant-Colonel F. M. O'Donnell, manager of the Hamilton Cold Stores, occurred this morning after a brief illness. Lieutenant-Colonel O'Donnell was born at Ipswich 54 years ago. About five years ago he was appointed manager of the cold stores when it was taken over by the government. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Wed 22 May 1935 Page 13 Funeral of Colonel F. M. O'Donnell A large and representative attendance of commercial, shipping men, and brother military officers attended the funeral of Colonel F. M. O'Donnell, manager of the Hamilton Cold Stores, which moved from St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Bulimba Cemetery this morning. In addition to tho chief mourners It Included many of his fellow-employees at the Hamilton Cold Stores. Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld. : 1912 - 1936) Thu 20 Jun 1935 Page 10 FOLLOWED FALL DOWNSTAIRS. Colonel O'Donnell's Death. EVIDENCE AT INQUEST. That the death in the Mater Private Hospital on May 21 of Colonel Francis Michael O'Donnell (56), of Lytton-road, East Brisbane, manager of the Hamilton Cold Stores, followed Injuries which he sustained as the result of a fall down a flight of steps at the Exchange Printery in Robertson-street, Valley, about 6.30. p.m on April 4, was evidence given today before Mr. J. W. Cocking, Deputy-Coroner. ACTING-sergeant T. L. LONG examined the witnesses. Ellen Josephine O'Donnell, widow, said that deceased, when he left for his business at 8.30 a.m. on April 4, he was in good health and spirits. At about 7.30 p.m. on the same date witness received a telephone message and went to the Mater Private Hospital and saw her husband. Next day he told her that he had fallen down the steps at the Exchange Printery. He thought there were three steps, whereas there were really five. It was discovered that he had a fractured pelvis. Infected Kidneys. On May 3 deceased's kidneys seemed to be infected, and at later dates they were treated. Dr. Power told witness that her husband was in a very low state, and that when he got better he would try to take the kidneys out. She was satisfied that the accident was the cause of his death and not the operation on the kidneys. Fell Face Downwards. Walter Hudson, a printer, employed at the Exchange Printing Company, said that he saw deceased fall face downwards down the steps. He helped deceased to a doctor's surgery. The fall was accidental and intoxicating liquor had nothing to do with it. Senior-sergeant W. J. Henry, of South Brisbane, gave evidence, and the inquest was closed. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Thu 20 Jun 1935 Page 1 DEATH A MONTH AFTER ACCIDENT Inquest on Col. F. M. O'Donnell Fell Down Stairs in Valley At the inquest held to-day on Colonel Francis Michael O'Donnell, 56, married, manager of the Cold Stores, Hamilton and living at No. 132 Lytton Road, Fast Brisbane, it was stated that he fell down a flight of steps In a Valley building on April 4 and received injuries. He died in the Mater Misericordiae Private Hospital over a month later. The inquest was held before J. W. Cockings, deputy coroner. Acting Sergeant T. G. Long conducted the examination. Mrs. Ellen Josephine O'Donnell, widow, said that a doctor advised her of the accident to her husband at 7.30 p.m. on April 4. He said that deceased had fallen down five steps at the Exchange Printing Company Limited, Robertson Street, Valley, and hurt his hip. In hospital an X-ray showed that his pelvis was fractured. On May 3 he underwent an operation for his kidneys which had become infected. Witness expressed the opinion that the accident was the cause of her husband's death and not the operation on his kidneys. He was quite all right when he left for work and had intended taking a holiday the following week. HOW FALL OCCURRED. Walter Hudson, a printer at the Exchange Company, and living at Coorparoo, stated that O'Donnell was at the company's premises at 6 p.m. on April 4 on business about some printing he was having done. Witness saw him fall down the stairs. The locality was not lighted at the time. He rushed to O'Donnell's aid and, with the assistance of the manager, put him in a car and drove him to a doctor's surgery. After police evidence the inquest was closed.