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Francis Bede Heritage (1877-1934)

The military was Francis Heritage’s life from his appointment at the age of twenty as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, Tasmanian Infantry Regiment, until his retirement as Quartermaster General and third member of the Military Board.
Francis had a long and distinguished career which included an appointment as brigade major of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, deputy administrator of German New Guinea, and a general staff officer with the First A.I.F. For his distinguished services with the 2nd and 4th Divisions, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre.
After he was invalided home, Francis resumed his duties with the Australia Army. In time he was appointed head of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. For this he was awarded the C.B.E. Francis married Rita Hill, but had no children.

By an unknown Australian official photographer in January 1918, a group portrait of the Headquarters Staff of the Australian Corps School.  Identified at centre is the Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Bede Heritage.
By an unknown Australian official photographer in January 1918, a group portrait of the Headquarters Staff of the Australian Corps School. Identified at centre is the Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Bede Heritage.

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