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Carse, Franc Samuel (1885–1917)

A private cable message was received in Melbourne on Friday announcing the death of Lieutenant Franc Samuel Falkiner Carse of the Australian Field Artillery. He was the elder son of the late Mr S. H. Carse, and a grandson of the late Mr F. S. Falkiner, of Riverina, and was a nephew of Mrs H. L. Wilkinson, of Deniliquin. Lieutenant Carse was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School, where he was from 1899 to 1904. He held a commission in the school cadet corps, and was also in the school crew. On leaving school he went into residence at Trinity College, where he entered thoroughly into all the activities of college life. He was the founder of the first edition of the college magazine 'The Fleur de Lys,' and was prelector of the Dialectic Society. He graduated L.L.B. at the Melbourne University in 1908 and was admitted in practice as a barrister. He took a keen interest in military matters, and was lieutenant in the Australian Garrison Artillery, being placed on the reserve of officers in 1912. He had already begun to make a name for himself at the bar when he enlisted. As a member of the young Liberal speakers' committee he had already become known as a forceful, logical speaker, and at the Federal elections in 1914 he was chosen to contest the Fawkner seat in the Liberal interest, but was defeated.

Lieutenant Carse was seriously ill from typhoid in Egypt, but after being invalided to England he rejoined his brigade. He was seriously wounded in action on May 1, and died on May 2. He leaves a widow, a daughter or Mr F. P. Brett, the well-known solicitor, and two young children.

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'Carse, Franc Samuel (1885–1917)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/carse-franc-samuel-19552/text30904, accessed 23 July 2018.

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