Frank KEVILL

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KEVILL, Frank

Service Number: 2932
Enlisted: 6 March 1916, Bathurst, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bredbo, Cooma, New South Wales, 14 May 1895
Home Town: Nymagee, Cobar, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Hand/Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Wambeke, Ypres, Belgium, 18 August 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bathurst, New South Wales
8 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2932, 45th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2932, 45th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Nicholson, Sydney
18 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2932, 45th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography

Born Frank Kivelle at Cooma in 1895, Frank had a brother George (who died at birth), a sister Clara, and a step-sister Mary Ellen (Molly). His mother died when he was 7 years old.

Frank was working as a farm labourer at Eremeran Station, via  Nymagee in far western N.S.W., before he enlisted at Bathurst N.S.W., on 06  Mar  1916. He spent time at training camps at Kiama and Liverpool before finally departing Australia on the SS Port Nicholson on  08 Nov 1916, travelling via Durban, South Africa, before disembarking at Devonport in the UK on 10 Jan 1917.

Frank spent a considerable time at Codford training camp in the U.K., before shipping over to LeHavre in France around 23 Jul 1917. He was finally taken on strength 45 Batt., on the 09 Aug before moving forward to a relatively quiet sector of the front around Ypres/Wambeke on 14/15 Aug where he was subsequently killed on 18 Aug 1917. The 45th Batt. Unit Diary for this period lists 5 O/R's killed during the period of 07 - 23 Aug 1917.

Frank's name is listed on the Ypres memorial at the Menin Gate, with no official war grave listed for him, which indicates his body was never recovered from the battlefield.

A memorial stone for Frank Kevill is presently being erected at the Cobar Shire cenotaph (along with others who enlisted from within the Cobar Shire). Unveiling is expected to take place as part of WW1 centennial activities.

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