He arrived in Egypt in preparation to head into a theatre. Initial posting was at the Ferry Port.
His mates would have headed on to France whilst he was in hospital.
Poor Frank had only just got to war and was struck down with illness and died before facing battle.
National Reference Service
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the military service of Frank Ernest Wells.
Our Melbourne office holds two series that relate to your enquiry:
B4747 – Army militia service records, 1901 – 1940
B4717 – PMF (Permanent Military Forces) and Army Militia Personnel dossiers, 1901 – 1940
I conducted a search in both series; however I was unable to identify any related records.
These series are both incomplete, thus the absence of a record does not necessarily indicate that a person did not serve; rather it means that such a record, had it existed, was not retained by the Department of Defence for subsequent transfer to the Archives.
Thank you for your interest in the National Archives.