Frank Victor SEARLE


SEARLE, Frank Victor

Service Number: 4241
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: London North, England, January 1888
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Wounds, King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London, England, 22 August 1916
Cemetery: Islington Cemetery and Crematorium
Grave O. 7. 7865., Islington Cemetery and Crematorium, London, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees, Windsor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 15th Infantry Battalion
3 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4241, 15th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
3 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4241, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
7 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
20 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 47th Infantry Battalion
17 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 47th Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4241, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW to spine, head, left knee DoW England
12 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 47th Infantry Battalion, Appointed Temp Sgt, Appt. confirmed as of Standing Orders after DoW.
22 Aug 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 4241, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 29 and the son of John and Margaret S. E. Searle, of 42, Dorset St., Islington, London.

Next of Kin:Mrs Searle, 6 Queen Margaret’s Grove, Mildmay Park, London N.1.

Civil Registration Details:

Births Mar 1888     SEARLE Frank Victor Islington 1b 376

Deaths Sep 1916   Searle   Frank V 29   Lambeth 1d 238

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date – 22nd August…… Frank Victor Searle was born in London North, England. His birth was registered in March quarter, 1888 in the district of Islington, London, England.

According to information provided by his mother for the Roll of Honour – Frank came to Australia when he was 22 years old.

The 1913 & 1915 Australian Electoral Rolls for the division of Lilley, subdivision of Windsor, Queensland, recorded Frank Victor Searle, Salesman, of Laura Street, Wooloowin. Also listed at Laura street – Charles William Searle & Florence Rosina Searle.

Frank Victor Searle enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 25th August, 1915 as a 27 year old, single, Carter from Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland.
On 3rd January, 1916 Private Searle, Service number 4241, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 3rd January, 1916 with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 15th Infantry Battalion, 13th Reinforcements as Acting Corporal & disembarked at Alexandria on 19th February, 1916.

Acting Corporal Frank Victor Searle joined 47th Battalion at Serapeum on 1st April, 1916. He reverted to rank of Private on 2nd April, 1916.

He was promoted to Corporal from 1st May, 1916.

On 19th May, 1916 Corporal Searle was admitted to 12th Field Ambulance with Gastritis. He was discharged to Lines on 24th May, 1916 & rejoined his Unit at Serapeum on the same day.
Corporal Searle proceeded from Alexandria on 2nd June, 1916 on Troopship Caledonia to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force). He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 9th June, 1916.

He was appointed Lance Sergeant from 6th July, 1916 while posted in France then on 7th August, 1916 he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant.

Temporary Sergeant Frank Victor Searle was wounded in action in France on 10th August, 1916 at Pozieres. He was admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station on 10th August, 1916 with “Vertebra” then transferred to St. John’s Ambulance on 13th August, 1916 with G.S.W. (gunshot wounds) to Head & Spine. Temporary Sergeant Searle was admitted to 13th General Hospital at Boulogne, France on 14th August, 1916 with G.S.W. left Leg. He embarked from Calais, France on 18th August, 1916 for England on Hospital Ship Brighton with Shrapnel wounds to Back, Hand & Knee.

On 18th August, 1916 Temporary Sergeant Searle was admitted to King George Hospital, London, England with G.S.W. Back & Paraplegia. His condition was listed as severe. On 19th August, 1916 Temporary Sergeant Searle was reported to be seriously ill with G.S.W. to Spine & Paraplegia.

Sergeant Frank Victor Searle died on 22nd August, 1916 at King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London, England from wounds received in action in France - G.S.W. to Spine & Paraplegia.

He was buried on 28th August, 1916 in Finchley Cemetery, Church Ground, England. Base Records were advised on 16th May, 1919 by Administrative Headquarters, London that the body of the late Sergeant F. V. Searle had been exhumed & and re-interred in a separate single grave No. 7865 P. Section 07, in Islington Cemetery, East Finchley, London.”

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