Francis Thomas Belford {Australian WW1 ANZAC}

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About Francis Thomas Belford {Australian WW1 ANZAC}

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Biography

Buried at Gilwarra Cemetery Death Certificate Cert No in Reg. 375 (20275)

Information provided by Son Robert Bruce Belford.As a child Francis Thomas Belford, better known as Frank, attended Glenthorne Public School. After leaving school he became a farmer in the family tradition. He became a stock and station agent, insurance agent, nigh-watchman and plant nurseryman. Places of residence included Glenthorne, Comboyne, Wingham and Taree. He had a deep base singing voice which, though untrained, was renownedin its resonance and quality encompassing a range of over two octavesfrom 'D' to middle 'C' upwards. Among his vocal successes were wins in the Bass solo Championships at the three Taree Eisteddfods for which he gained three gold medals. On each occasion he competed against trained singers. In deference to his wishes an Italian opera company asked him to accompany them on their tours, but his parents didn't wanthim to leave the farm so he stayed foregoing perhaps a very successful musical career. He continued to sing publicly almost until he died.He was the backbone of Taree methodist choir. The great depression struck, leaving the business unprofitable, and Francis Belford and his wife and son Robert Bruce left for Taree where the best employment he could get was town night watchman. He was authorised as a special constable and was paid by shop owners. While this work was not easy, he was better off than many at this time. He was awonderful vegetable gardener and had a big garden. In the latter part of his life he established a plant nursery which was very successful. A lifetime of smoking gave him emphysema, and he died of this and cardiac insufficiency six years later. He was the leading bass in the Methodist church choir at Taree for 40 years and sang at many concerts in the District throughout his lifetime. He was also a member of the choral society of the Taree Arts Council. He was an excellent and keen gardener, spending every minute that he had occupied with this. He was able to turn his hand at nearly any aspect of horticulture with equal success. Just prior to his invalidism,he had started a flourishing and successful plant nursery. His hobbies also included joinery, horseback riding (to a degree of excel) and participation in musical comedies while living at Wingham. He was also a keen student of the Bible and was traditionally a Methodist although during his later years he embraced a strong tendency to British Israelism. This seemed to stem mainly from his intense British patriotism. He was for many years Secretary of the Taree RSL and was dedicated to helping returned 'Diggers' especially those that were in desperate circumstances. Many of the things he did were never recorded in the Minute Book and probably it was only his family that knew that on one occasion he gave away his shoes to a Digger 'down on his luck'. He took great interest in the Taree High School Auxiliary, also holding the Secretaryship for some time. Frank enlisted in the 6th Light Horse Regiment during the 1914-18 War and served in Egypt and Palestine under General Allenby, hence the second name of his first son - Frank Allenby Belford.

Service Record TitleBelford Francis Thomas : SERN 3106 : POB Taree NSW : POE Sydney NSW : NOK W Belford Gladys Francis Contents date range 1914 - 1920 Series number B2455 Control symbol BELFORD F T Citation NAA: B2455, BELFORD F T Item barcode 3070798 Physical format PAPER FILES AND DOCUMENTS (allocated at series level) Records authority class number 3891 Date registered 07 Oct 1997

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  • Grandaughter, Alison de Freitas Abreu Death Certificate Cert No in Reg. 375 (20275) With 6th Light Horsemen
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Francis Thomas Belford {Australian WW1 ANZAC}'s Timeline

1884
February 14, 1884
Glenthorne, NSW, Australia
1917
November 29, 1917
Craigowen, Barrington, NSW
1919
November 5, 1919
Taree, New South Wales, Australia
November 15, 1919
Taree
1923
April 27, 1923
Taree
1959
July 19, 1959
Age 75
Taree, NSW, Australia
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Gillwarra Cemetery, Glenthorne