Frances Palmer SELLECK

SELLECK, Frances Palmer

Service Number: 121
Enlisted: 2 March 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nathalia, Victoria, September 1895
Home Town: Numurkah, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Numurkah State School No 2134
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Melbourne, Victoria, 2 October 1976
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Numurkah State School No 2134 Roll of Honour, Numurkah Town Hall Shire of Numurkah Roll of Honor, Numurkah and District War Memorial, Public Library and National Museum of Victoria
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 121, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 121, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 121, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
23 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...121 Captain Francis Palmer Selleck, A Company, 24th Battalion. Capt Selleck of Numurkah, Vic, enlisted on 9 March 1915 and was given the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. He embarked with the 24th Battalion from Melbourne aboard HMAT Euripides on 10 May 1915. later promoted to the rank of captain, he was awarded the Military Cross (MC) on 24 September 1918 for gallant conduct while commanding carrying parties near Fleurs on 6 and 7 November 1916. After the war, Selleck was involved in establishing the Legacy Club in Melbourne with Stanley Savige and other ex-servicemen. In 1933 he was instrumental in having a seedling from Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula, planted at Wattle Park in Melbourne. During the 1950s Sir Frank Selleck became Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He died on 2 October 1976 and his ashes were scattered under the tree which grew from this seedling." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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