Frank Moritz MICHAELIS

MICHAELIS, Frank Moritz

Service Number: 31586
Enlisted: 23 August 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Wesley College Melbourne; Harrow School London England
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Pneumonia, Tidworth Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 14 May 1917
Cemetery: Willesden Jewish Cemetery, London, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Footscray Employees of Michaelis Hallenstein & Co. Pty. Ltd., MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 31586, 6th Field Artillery Brigade
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, 31586, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Gunner, 31586, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , RMS Orontes, Melbourne
14 May 1917: Involvement Sergeant, 31586, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 31586 awm_unit: 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Sergeant awm_died_date: 1917-05-14

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 24 and a son  of Frederick David and Esther Zillah Michaelis; husband of Kathleen L. Michaelis, of 382, Lonsdale St., Melbourne

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 – 14th May.... Sgt Frank Moritz Michaelis was born at St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria in 1892. He attended Wesley College, Melbourne & Harrow School, England. According to information provided by his wife for the Roll of Honour – Frank was the “youngest boy to enter Harrow School, Eng, of which he became head of the Headmaster’s House….”

Frank Moritz Michaelis enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 23rd August, 1916 as a 24 year old, single, Farmer from St. Kilda (According to information provided by his wife for the Roll of Honour – Frank was a Manager of the family Tannery at Footscray & was also an Accountant)

Frank Michaelis was appointed Acting Corporal on 28th November, 1916 with 12th Reinforcements of 6th Field Artillery Brigade while in camp in Australia. He then attended a Class of Instruction for N.C. Officers and passed a qualifying examination for the rank of Sergeant – dated 12th December, 1916.
Frank Moritz Michaelis married Kathleen Louise Hart on 12th December, 1916 in Victoria.

Gunner Frank Moritz Michaelis embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on RMS Orontes on 23rd December, 1916 with the 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 12th Reinforcements. He was appointed Acting Sergeant for Voyage only & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 17th February, 1917.

Acting Sergeant Michaelis was posted to No. 3 Camp, Parkhouse from Australia on 18th February, 1917. He was sent sick to Devon Military Hospital on 17th February, 1917 with Mumps & discharged on 28th February, 1917 to No. 1 Command Depot, Wiltshire.
Acting Sergeant Michaelis was posted to R.B.A.A. (Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery) at Larkhill, Wiltshire on 28th March, 1917. He was on command at Course of Instruction at Tidworth on 7th May, 1917.
Acting Sergeant Michaelis was admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 10th May, 1917 – seriously ill with Pneumonia.

Sergeant Frank Moritz Michaelis died at 4.50 pm on 14th May, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Acute Meningitis.
He was buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Willesden, Brent, London, England where 7 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

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


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederick and Esther MICHAELIS

Husband of athleen MICHAELIS

By the death of Sergeant Frank M. Michaelis, at Salisbury Plains, England, Footscray is the poorer by one of its most popular employers of labor. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs F. D. Michaelis of Robe street, St. Kilda, and up to the time of his enlistment had for 5 years been learning the business at the Tannery. He was only 24 years of age and was educated at Wesley College and afterwards at Harrow, England. He was beloved by all who knew him, and the employees of the tannery, amongst whom he worked just as one of them- selves, held him in high esteem. When the news of his death was received on Wednesday Messrs. Michaelis, Hallenstein & Co. closed the works for the day. Before leaving, however, the whole of the employes met together under the flag in the Tannery gardens and after tributes to the worth of the deceased soldier had been paid by several speakers a motion of sympathy was passed to be forwarded to the widow, parents and family. Mr and Mrs Michaelis have only one other son, Lieut. Archie Michaelis, and he has been on active service since the day after the out-break of war. Another director, Mr Ed. Michaelis, lost his eldest son at Gallipoli. It will be remembered that Sgt. Frank Michaelis was "sent off" at a pleasant function at the Barkly Theatre some 10 months ago. 

From'the pulpit of the St. Kilda Synagogue last Sabbath week the Rev. J. Danglow, M.A., Spoke as follows of the death of Sergt. Frank Michaelis
Although unwilling to break a single ray in that sunshine which should always illumine the truly Jewish Sabbath, I cannot refrain from referring this morning to the very sad and irreparable loss which has just been sustained, not only by this congregation, but by the community generally, through the early death of one of our best and bravest—Sergt. Frank Michaelis, the second son of the esteemed treasurer of this congregation, and a grandson of its principal founder, the late Mr. Moritz Michaelis.
Possessed of a personality which was both beautiful and strong, our late lamented brother —so firm in his integrity, so sweet in his disposition, so sound in his judgment, so  modest and unassuming always in his demeanour-—won for himself an extraordinary popularity among all who had the privilege to know him. All his life he was a source of  increasing joy to his devoted parents and dear ones, and a credit to his faith and people. Whilst a scholar at Harrow, England's famous Public School, he won for himself the proud position of Head of his House, and the second highest place in the whole school—n rare honour indeed, especially for a Jew, to achieve.
Returning to Australia, he closely identified himself with our communal life, and at the time of his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force he was president ot our Jewish Young
People's Association, in the activities of which he consistently evinced the keenest interest.
Our departed brother was undoubtedly one of the most promising of our young men. We had come to regard him as one of the future pillars of our community. Alas ! that his  place shall know him no more.
We are painfully sensible of our great loss. Let us, however, take comfort in the thought of what we have also gained. By his ready response to the call of King and Country, and  by hiis cheerful self-sacrifice upon the altar of the highest patriotism, he has bequeathed to this and to all later generations a glorious example of civic virtue, a glowing ideal of  heroic loyally and devotion to duty which shall stand for ever. Although he was not spared to take his place upon the battlefield, he did his duty none the less, and the name of  Frank Michaelis, equally with the names of those of our other fallen gallant sons across the seas, shall stand  for ever inscribed upon the imperishable roll of Australia's greatest heroes and Israel's noblest sons.
We tender our most heart felt sympathy to the bereaved parents and family, and the sorrowing young widow, and fervently hope that the Almighty may grant them His Heavenly  comfort and strength wherewith to blear their great grief with fortitude. As for our late dear brother, we pray that God may rest his dear soul in peace.