Frederick Michael (Snowy / Fred) PRESTON

PRESTON, Frederick Michael

Service Number: 2630
Enlisted: 29 August 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, July 1890
Home Town: Tighes Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive fireman
Died: GSW from MG during raid on strong point, Belgium, 16 July 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton Loco Employees HR, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), St Mary's Marist Bros' School Newcastle HR, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

29 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2630, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 2630, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 2630, 34th Infantry Battalion, SS Napier, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

103 years ago today, on the 16th July 1917, Private Frederick Michael Preston, 34th Battalion, loco fireman (Hamilton, N.S.W.), father of three, from 25 Union Street, Tighes Hill, New South Wales, was killed by a Gun Shot Wound from Machine Gun during a raid on a strong point in Belgium, age 26. no Roll of Honour circular submitted.

See Red Cross Wounded and Missing -

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 30th July 1890 to Frederick (died 1913) and Catherine (Kate, died 1939 - Preston; husband of Maud Ella Preston nee Green (married 1912, Merewether, N.S.W., died?) of 317 Harris Street, Pyrmont, N.S.W. and Grovers Lane, Glen Innes, N.S.W., Frederick enlisted August 1916 at Rutherford, N.S.W.

Mr Preston’s remains were never located, so his name has been inscribed on The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium (54,896 names inscribed of British and Commonwealth soldiers who fell in the Ypres Salient during The Great War, 6,198 Australians).
Frederick’s name has also been inscribed on the Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1), Hamilton Loco Employees Roll of Honour, St. Mary's-Marist Bros' School (Newcastle) Honour Roll (photos) and the NSW Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919.

There is no memorial inscription on the headstone of Frederick’s parents to tell us of the loss of their son, and I am unable to erect a memorial cross, so I have placed poppies to honour the service and sacrifice of Frederick for God, King and Country. CATHOLIC 1-D Com. 403.

Younger brother George Arthur (Reg No-28894, 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade, born 1893, died 1948, resting Stockton Cemetery) also served 1st A.I.F.

Informant Private Percy Randolph Jamieson, Reg No-2098, 34th Battalion, resting at Rookwood Cemetery -, younger brother Private John (Jack) Henry Jamieson, Reg No-2097, 34th Battalion, memorialised Sandgate Cemetery.

Five brothers served during The Great War).
Lest We Forget.