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Frederick Richard WATCHORN

Regimental number1611
Place of birthWilliamstown Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine-driver
AddressRailway Department, Dimboola, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs. E. Watchorn, Dimboola, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Cremated Springvale Crematorium, Victoria.
Discharge date21 November 1919 . Served 1414 days abroad.
Other details

Born in Williamstown, Victoria, where his father, Robert, was a police constable. His father died when his son was 10 years old, leaving his mother to raise the family on the income from a small dairy herd. Frederick had to rise early (around 5 a.m.) to assist with the milking; school was consequently difficult, and he left at the age of 12. He joined the Victorian Railways, first as a cleaner, then locomotive fireman, then driver. On enlistment in the AIF he joined the locomotive unit, and served in Egypt and then France. He was slightly injured when his engine hit a mine or was hit by a shell.

Miscellaneous detailsb. 12 October 1888
Date of death17 May 1973

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