Franz Joseph Jules Camille Eleonore Tommelein – Evelyne (soprano)
Franz was born in Kortemark (Flanders, Belgium) on 13 May 1894.
He was a lawyer (‘notary’) in Belgium
He fled with his family to London in 1914, but joined the Belgian army there as a volunteer.
He was assigned a job as a driver. It’s not clear what ‘vehicle’ he drove either—it most certainly involved handling a horse and cart, but probably also have involved motorised transport. It is suspected that the reason for this assignment was to do with his skill level, but possibly also was due to intervention by his influential family to avoid the front line.
Franz became severely sick with dysentery and barely made it thanks in part to excellent care at the British military hospital.
Franz served with: D 125 5e compagnie. A B=armee Belge; Z 83 PAV 7e compagnie A B en campagne; C201 4e compagnie et C 201 5e compagnie A B.