Frederick William HEEDE

HEEDE, Frederick William

Service Number: 5840
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Bowen, Whitsunday, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness, Pewsey, United Kingdom, 3 June 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bowen Presbyterian Church Honour Roll, Bowen War Memorial
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21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 5840, 25th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Boonah embarkation_ship_number: A36 public_note: ''
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 5840, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Deaths Jun 1917 Heede Frederick W 27 Pewsey 5a 190.

He was 27. Son of Peter and Janet Sutherland Heede, of Kensington, Bowen, North Queensland.

Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 3rd June…… Frederick William Heede was born on 5th March, 1890 at Bowen, Queensland.

(Note the date of birth of 5th March, 1890 is listed on Queensland Births, Deaths & Marriages website, however the date of birth recorded for him on his grandparents’ headstone is 3rd March, 1890).

His father – Peter Heede died in 1896 in Queensland.

On 10th January, 1916 Frederick William Heede enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a 25 year old, single, Farmer from Townsville, Queensland

Private Frederick William Heede, Service number 5840, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Boonah (A36) on 21st October, 1916 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 25th Infantry Battalion, 16th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 19th January, 1917.

He was written up for an Offence on Troopship A 36 while at Sea on 16th December, 1916 – “Breaking Ship.” He was awarded a forfeiture of 1 days’ pay by Major A. Lloyd on 22nd December, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

On 7th March, 1917 Private Heede was sent sick to Parkhouse Hospital, Wiltshire from 7th Training Battalion. He was admitted to the Military Hospital, Parkhouse on 7th March, 1917 with Mumps. Private Heede was discharged & marched in to 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, Wiltshire on 21st March, 1917.

Private Heede reported sick then was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 6th April, 1917 – cause P.U.O. (Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin). The Hospital Admissions form recorded he was suffering from Influenza. He was discharged on 20th April, 1917 & was marched in to 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, Wiltshire the same day.

He was debited for the cost of one table spoon – 4d on 21st April, 1917.

On 7th May, 1917 Private Heede was written up for an Offence at Rollestone, Wiltshire. He was 1. A.W.L. (Absent without Leave) from 9 am on 7th May, 1917 until 6.30 pm on 7th May, 1917. 2. Neglected to obey orders in that he at Westbury on 7th May, 1917 travelled on a Railway Train without a ticket. He was awarded 7 days confined to Camp & a total forfeiture of 5 days pay - £1. 5. 0.

He was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital on 26th May, 1917 then transferred & admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 27th May, 1917. He was reported to be dangerously ill.


Private Frederick William Heede died at 5.15 am on 3rd June, 1917 at Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)