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Frederick Field

Information about birth

Date of birth:
24/04/1896
Place of birth:
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Profession:
Baker

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4489
Enlistment date:
02/09/1915
Enlistment place:
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
27/10/1917
Place of death:
No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
Age:
21

Cemetery

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot: XXII
Row: F
Grave: 20

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Frederick Field was born in 1896 in Forbes, New South Wales. He was the son of Esther and David Field. According to his service record, he worked as a baker prior to enlisting. In September 1915, when he was 19-years old, Frederick volunteered for the Australian Imperial Force in Lithgow, New South Wales. By the time of the Battle of Passchendaele, he was serving with the 2nd Battalion Australian Infantry, part of the 1st Brigade, of the 1st Australian Division.

On 7 October 1917 Frederick’s Battalion was relieved from the frontlines and moved back to the hinterland. After some well-deserved rest the 2nd Battalion was stationed at a camp near a place called Belgian Battery Corner, close to Belgian Château. Here they waited on orders to go back to the frontline. The Companies started working on improving the camp and working parties were sent to the forward areas. On the 27th of October a German aeroplane, flying very low in the cover of the mist, dropped three bombs on the camp at Belgian Battery Corner. One bomb fell right on the line of tents of “C” Company and inflicted heavy casualties. Twelve men were killed outright, forty-three men were wounded and four men died of their wounds.

Frederick Field was badly wounded in the explosion. According to a Red Cross witness report, a fragment of the bomb had penetrated his back and then his lung. The twenty-one year old was evacuated and admitted to No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station at Lijssenthoek, where he succumbed to his injuries. On the following day Frederick was buried on the nearby Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

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