Frederick Lancelot BRINKWORTH


BRINKWORTH, Frederick Lancelot

Service Number: 1660
Enlisted: 12 May 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Adelaide South Australia Australia, 24 May 1891
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Mintaro State School, Mintaro, South Australia
Occupation: Farm hand (death cert); Blacksmith (embarkation roll - prior to enlistment)
Died: Wounded in action - Gunshot would to abdomen and lacerated left arm (26 years old), France, 8 May 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery
Grevillers British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 1), 1 ¼ miles west of Albert Bapaume Area, France. Frederick Lancelot Brinkworth's name is located at panel 25 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

12 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1660, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1660, 27th Infantry Battalion
17 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 1660, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 1660
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Described as  Single;  23yrs of age at enlistment; Presbyterian;  5’ 9” tall;  165 lbs;  dark complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Father:  Joseph William James Brinkworth (deceased) and  Mother Agnes Rowe (nee Nelson).

Next of kin:
Mother, Mrs Agnes Rowe and step father Mr W N Rowe, Waiotaki, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Sister  Mrs M Harrison, Opotiki, New Zealand

Next of kin in forces:   nephew:   W.J.L. Nelson  (killed in Action).

Previously served as  Former Sergeant 4th Waitiki Mounted Rifles E Squad;  8 years, still serving (leave of absence)

Apprentice: 3 years to “Rowe” Muntara as a Blacksmith


He was born in Adelaide, and moved to New Zealand with his mother and grew up their becoming a Light Horseman.   He returned to Clare, South Australia, in 1914 where he enlisted and travelled overseas and spent time in service in Egypt, Gallipoli and finally France.  He was a signaller and a despatcher.


When he enlisted at Keswick, he was ranked as a Private with the 27th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement   AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/44/2.

He embarked on 23 June 1915, out of Adelaide on board the HMAT A61 Kanowna

4/9/1915                          Embarked to join MEF Gallipoli

27/11-30/12/1915            Admitted to Hospital

4/1/1916                          Transferred to o/s base Cairo and admitted to Helouan

5/3/1916                          Rejoined battalion in Ismalia

15/3/1916                        Proceeded to join BEF in Alexandria

21/3/1916                        Disembarked at Marseilles

16-30/12/1916                English Leave in France

17/1/1917                       Taken on strength, Sapper,  into 2 Divisional Signal Company Australian Engineers in France

7/5/1917                         Wounded in Action  -  Gunshot wound to abdomen and lacerated left arm

8/5/1917                         Died of wounds at the   No 3. Australian Casualty Clearing Station, France.


WW1 Star  1914-15 (22699);  British War Medal  (15101);  Victory medal (15041);  Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (323671).


Northern Argus obituary courtesy of Clare Regional History Group Inc.


Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan  18 June 2014.  Lest we forget.