No 7 Arthur Edward Franz
Arthur was born 19/1/1892 the son of William and Margaret Franz ‘nee Bleakley, He was a dairy farmer who went to war in February 1916.Regimental no 57. He was injured in August 1918 and admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital 12/8/1918 suffering a mild gunshot wound to his right thigh. Returned to Australia 10/5/1919.
Arthur disappeared from Moorina 6/4/1930. He went to bed in his room under the house, in good spirits, with his mother brother and sister upstairs but was not there in the morning and it was assumed that he had gone for his cows but he never came back, another mystery-his dog was still there. At 11 am Clem called his brother Theo. Theo was reported as saying ‘ Arthur had been gassed and wounded in the war and since returning in 1919 was occasionally depressed.He attributed this to war injuries as neither Arthur’s financial or domestic position caused him any worry and he was extremely temperate. A search by 40 neighbours and police found no trace of him. I have since been told that he had gone to a neighbour’s house to play cards and had an argument with a visitor, who was known to him and they had never got along and this night it escalated out of control, Arthur was killed by him and his body disposed of by said person – his body was never found. Obviously the family knew it but could not prove anything and they remained quiet about it for many years.