Frank McLean CARLILL

CARLILL, Frank McLean

Service Number: 1746
Enlisted: 14 January 1915, Casino, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Casino, Richmond Valley - New South Wales, Australia, 4 February 1888
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 6 March 1954, aged 66 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

14 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Casino, New South Wales
8 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1746, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1746, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
1 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1746, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

1914/15 Star #1011; British War Medal #3350; Victory Medal #3287

Frank Carlill was a 26 year old butcher at Casino, New South Wales when he enlisted in January 1915. He was attached to the 9th Battalion and sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula.

After the evacuation from the Dardanelles, the 9th Battalion next saw action in France. On September 9 1916, Frank received a head wound in the fighting at Flers, on the Somme – he was hit by shrapnel. After a being treated for some weeks in the 1st Canadian General hospital at Etaples, Frank returned to his unit.  

Then, on September 20 1917 Frank was again wounded in head, this time so seriously he lost an eye. He was evacuated to Reading War Hospital in England. It was while he was in Reading that he, like a number of other Australian diggers, met, fell in love with, and married an English girl.

Frank Carlill was Colin Stewart-Beardsley’s grandfather.

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