Frank Harold SCOLYER

SCOLYER, Frank Harold

Service Number: 4078
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bishopsbourne, Tasmania, Australia, 18 November 1883
Home Town: Devonport, Devonport, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 25 September 1918, aged 34 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Block R, Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 14.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Devonport Baptist Church Honour Roll, Devonport Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

24 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 4078, 15th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
24 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 4078, 15th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
9 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, 4078, 42nd Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4078 awm_unit: 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1918-09-25

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Frank Scolyer was one of three sons of Richard and Elizabeth Scolyer of Devonport, Tasmania who enlisted in the AIF during WW1. Only one returned to Tasmania.

The mother had passed away in 1905 when the boys were quite young and their father died in 1913, just prior to the war. They all gave their next of kin as their eldest sister, Eva Marshall of Wynyard, Tasmania.

Frank enlisted on the same day as his twin brother, Albert Victor Scolyer. They both transferred to the 47th Battalion in Egypt during early 1916 as part of the reorganisation of the AIF.

Frank’s younger brother, 960 Pte. Richard Ernest Scolyer 26th Battalion AIF, was killed in action at Pozieres on 5 August 1916, aged 23. His twin brother Albert Scolyer was severely wounded the next day, a wound to the head which took him out of the war when he was returned to Australia during 1917.

Frank survived 1916 and 1917 unscathed and transferred to the 42nd Battalion when the 47th Battalion was disbanded in 1918.

He was badly wounded in action on the 6 September 1918, and died three weeks later in a hospital in Rouen, France.