Funeral for General Poke

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Posted for the advice of DRA members:

Funeral for General Poke

1. It is with sadness I advise that 623784 Major General Francis Eric Poke, AO, RFD, ED (Retd) passed away on Friday 02 November 2018. He was 95 years old.

2. Major General Poke joined the Citizen Military Force on 28 January 1942 and served as a signalman in the 112 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in the Darwin Operational Area in 1943. In 1945 he was posted to the Australian Prisoner of War and Internment Reception Camp, located on the island of Morotai. In 1952, Major General Poke transferred to the Army Reserve and retired in 1980 after numerous postings. In 1979, Major General Poke was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services in positions of great responsibility in the Army Reserve.

3. A military funeral service will be held to commemorate Major General Poke's life at the Anglican Parish Church of Saint Stephen and Saint Mary, 383 High Street Road, Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149, at 1330 hours on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

4. Dress for those attending the funeral in an official capacity (i.e. organisational representatives) is Army Dress Order 1B 'Ceremonial Service Dress' with mourning band. For those attending the funeral in a non-official capacity, dress is coat and tie (medals may be worn).

5. Major General Poke's family have requested, for those who may wish to make a donation in memory of Major General Poke, can contribute to St John Ambulance1 (donations can be made online on specific state/territory St John Ambulance websites).

Kahlil Fegan
Brigadier
Chief of Staff Army
Army Headquarters


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