Frederick LOADER

LOADER, Frederick

Service Number: 3499
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Payneham, South Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Memorials: RosewaterHB1*, RosewaterM2*
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3499, 50th Infantry Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3499, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide

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Biography

FREDERICK LOADER:

Frederick Loader was born in Payneham South Australia. Frederick Loader was an Australian soldier that joined the 9th reinforcements for the 50th battalion on January the 5th 1917.

 

He lived in Short Street, Rosewater, South Australia accompanied with his sister Mrs. Harriet Marks.

Frederick was a labourer when he joined the Australian army at what he claimed to be an old age of 43. Frederick was one of 14 people to join the army as a reinforcement.

 

Frederick was 5 feet and 7 inches tall and weighed 139lbs. He had a medium toned complexion and had grey coloured eyes. His hair was coloured light brown with the occasional grey hairs and he was not married when he joined.

 

The 50th Battalion in which he was assigned to was held in Egypt for the reorganisation and the expansion of the AIF. The  battle started in France on the 11th of June 1916 and continued for more than a year following the same routine of front line duty and training and laboring behind the line. Frederick embarked on this journey on the 10th of February 1917 and left on the 28th of December serving a total of 1 year and 10 days. The places where the 50th battalion took place were Egypt 1916, Somme 1916-1918 , Ancre 1918, Pozières, Villers-Bretonneux, Bullecourt, Hamel, Messines 1917, Amiens, Ypres albert 1918, Menin road, Hindenburg line, polygon wood, Epehy, Passchendale, France & Flanders 1916-1918.  The amount of casualties in the war were 720 deaths and 1557 soldiers were wounded.

 

 

Frederick was sent back home on the 28th of December 1917 due to overage at the age of 50 and he was rejected to go to war for a wrong claimant of age. Reasons for him lying about his age could have been him being too old but still wanted to fight or other reasons which are unknown. As he was medically unfit he was sent back to return home. His fate after that was unknown but he still is remembered for his help and strength as a soldier.

 

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