Francis Charles Dignan (1883...1978)
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Born : 11/12/1893 cert # 1113 Qld
Where Born : Leichhardt Street
Occupation : Medical Technician
Died : 29/12/1978
N.S.W. / Goonellabah Cemetery Lismore N.S.W :Catholic
Section same plot as . Amy
. Lillian . Johnson .
Parents Names : H . Francis
. Joseph . Dignan .
m 3/10/1891 . H .
1st Spouse's Name
. Eileen . O'Rourke (b.14/11/1895...d./4/1933)
Date Married : 26/1/1920
Where Married : Brisbane Q.L.D
Spouse's Parents H . Charles
. Edward Thomas . O'Rourke .
&H . Ida . Isabel
May . Humber
2nd Spouse's Name
. Lillian . Johnson . (b.1903....d.30/12/1992)
Date Married : 14/2/1942
Where Married : St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Chruch
Ashbury N.S.W. cert # C565855 N.S.W.
Spouse's Parents : Mary
Ellen (Nell) . Reddacliff .
(b. 1879. ....d. 1962) & Samuel Henry ..Johnson .
- 1 . H
. Dolores . Dignan (b1923...d.) m
1951 H . John . Henry
. Pillidge .
. H . Marie
Isobel Veronica . Dignan . (b..28/8/1921....d.7/6/1999)
m 3/6/1950 H
James . Pillidge .
- 3 . Frances Joan Dignan (b. 26/4/1926...d.16/4/1989)
m 9/1/1950 Frank . Marr . (b.....)
Charles Dignan served in the Australian Imperial forces from 1916
to 1920 during World War 1. A member of the Australian Light
Horse, Francis was wounded while serving overseas and spent
several months in hospitals in England. He became interested in
the medical side of things and transferred to the Mecical Corps.
Attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. It is strange to note that
the Government Soldier Return records do not show Francis as
returning from Overseas Duty . While still a serving member ,he
married . Muriel . Eileen . O'Rourke .Francis and Muriel resided in
Brisbane and Sydney for many years . Muriel passed away 13 years
after their marriage . Francis re-married in 1942 to . Amy .
Lillian . Johnson . Francis and Amy lived at Ballina following their
marriage. They were both heavily involved with the setting up and
control of the Ballina Returned Services Home, Francis as
Superintendant and Amy as Matron .
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