Walter John FRAMPTON


FRAMPTON, Walter John

Service Number: 648
Enlisted: 1 October 1914, Helena Vale, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Calca, South Australia, 20 December 1867
Home Town: Woodside, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College and University of Adelaide
Occupation: Coolgardie Roads Board Secretary
Died: Died of wounds, Egypt, 3 May 1915, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, North Adelaide Christ Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 648, Helena Vale, Western Australia
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 648, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 648, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
3 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 648, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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From the book Fallen Saints - Walter John Frampton of Woodside South Australia was born at Calca on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

He left the School in 1885 to study medicine at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and after returning to South Australia was for a time an undergraduate at Adelaide University. He later entered into the business of his uncle, Mr W.A. Horn, and became well known in the vine-growing industry at Happy Valley as well as in the wool industry, where he was associated with the wool firms Luxmore, Dowling, and Jeffrey, Ltd as well as Bagot, Shakes, and Lewis Ltd.

Prior to enlisting at Blackboy Hill on 1 October 1914, Walter and his wife were living in Coolgardie, Western Australia where he was Secretary of the Coolgardie Roads Board. Upon enlistment, he was posted to A Company, 16th Battalion and within a fortnight, was made Orderly Room Corporal.

Walter was forty-five years of age when he enlisted and this early promotion was no doubt due to his maturity and the leadership experience he gained over his time as Secretary of the Roads Board.  

Lance Sergeant Frampton, A Company, sailed from Melbourne with the battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 22 December 1914. In the attack at Bloody Angle, he was wounded in the left arm and abdomen and although swiftly evacuated to 17 General Hospital, Alexandria died of wounds on 3 May 1915.