5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
16/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Francis Harkins was born in Govan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Francis Harkins was living in Fivemiletown in County Tyrone when he returned to Glasgow to enlist. He was married to Catherine. Lance Corporal Francis Harkins was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 16th August 1915. Mrs Catherine Harkins was living in Cess, Fivemiletown, at the time. Lance Corporal Francis Harkins has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.