Service Number: 3861
Enlisted: 5 February 1917, Bordertown, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Jeparit, Victoria, Australia, 5 February 1899
Home Town: Bordertown, Tatiara, South Australia
Schooling: Bordertown State School, South Australia,
Occupation: Bakers Assistant
Died: Purulent Bronchitis, No. 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 14 June 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Codford St. Mary (St. Mary) New Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Grave 94. Codford St Mary (St Mary) New Churchyard, Codford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. His name is located at panel 145 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bordertown District of Tatiara WW1 Roll of Honor, Queenstown Christ Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bordertown, South Australia
22 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3861, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Mar 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3861, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
Date unknown: Involvement 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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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 June.... Private Frank James Cattermole was born in Jeparit, near Dimboola, Victoria in 1899. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1st February, 1917 as an 18 year old Baker’s Assistant from Bordertown, South Australia.

Private Cattermole embarked from Sydney, NSW on 22nd March, 1918 & disembarked at London, England on 24th May, 1918. He had been hospitalised for several weeks in the ship’s Hospital.

Private Cattermole was posted to Training Camp at Codford, Wiltshire on 24th May, 1918 & 2 days later he was admitted sick to Brigade Clearing Hospital at Codford for observation. He was transferred No. 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford, Wiltshire on 2nd June, 1918 with Bronchitis.

Private Frank James Cattermole died at 1.30 a.m. on 14th June, 1918 at No. 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford, Wiltshire. A Post Mortem examination was carried out on 14th June, 1918 & the cause of death was Purulent Bronchitis.

He was buried in St Mary’s New Churchyard (Anzac) Codford, Wiltshire, England where 30 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 66 New Zealand Soldiers are buried.

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



Father  William James Cattermole  and  Mother  Amelia Jane (nee Martin)
living at Bordertown, South Australia.

Described on enlisting as 18 years old; single; 5' 6 3/4" tall; 130 lbs; dark complexion;
dark eyes; dark hair; Methodist.

1/2/1917          Enlisted at Bordertown, South Australia
                        completed medical - fit for service

18/3/1918        Commanding Officer appointed to 11th reinforcements, 48th Infantry

22/3/1918        Embarked from Sydney  on board HMAT Runic A54
17/4/1918        sick to hospital

25/5/1918        disembarked into London

1/6/1918          admitted sick to hospital - bronchitis
                        No.3 NZ General Hospital

                        - complained of pain in chest; sore throat, and unable to take food, due to
                          being unable to swallow.

9/6/1918         cough troublesome, especially during the night

11/6/1918       cough exceedingly troublesome

14/6/1918       died of illness - Purulent Bronchitis  - at 1am

17/6/1918       buried in:
                       Codford St Mary New Churchyard, Codford, Wiltshire, England, UK
                       Grave No. 94
                       Australian Consecrated Ground

buried by:       Chaplain J M McEvoy
                       Buried with full Military Honours

British War Medal (59650); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (346480)

Commemorated on the National War Memorial, North Terrace, Adelaide.
(Panel 7, column 3).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  14/1/2014.  Lest we forget.