Frederick Barr CURRIE


CURRIE , Frederick Barr

Service Numbers: 5161, 6803
Enlisted: 8 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 1 July 1898
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Somme, France, 17 July 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Plot I; Row C; Grave No. 17
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Goodwood St George Anglican Church Memorial Tower, Plympton North Richmond Baptist Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

8 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5161, 10th Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5161, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 27th Infantry Battalion
27 Aug 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5161, 10th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6803, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
30 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6803, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6803, 27th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

1st enlisted as 5161 Private F B NEATE

Rootsweb ID: I250432 Birth Record: 1 July 1898 in Adelaide, South Australia

Father, Jack Currie, Albert Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Guardian Mrs Janet Michelle Hamer NEATE & Mr William J Neate, living at Richmond Road, Keswick, SA

Described on enlisting as 18yrs 1mth old; single; 5' 4.5" tall; 117 lbs; 

medium complexion; light blue eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England

8/12/1915     enlisted in Adelaide, SA

20/12/1915   appointed to A Company, 2nd Depot Battalion, Adelaide

25/3/1916     embarked from Port Adelaide, SA, onboard HMAT A9 Shropshire
                    as a Private in 10th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement

14/9/1916     joined 10th Battalion, in the field, France

15/2/1916     sick with mumps, admitted to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France
3/1/1917       transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot
6/1/1917       transferred to England, (epilepsy)
7/1/1917       admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, England
21/1/1917     discharged on furlough
16/2/1917     report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs
2/5/1917       marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth

23/5/1917     return to Australia, ex Plymouth, onboard A33 HT Ayrshire
17/7/1917     disembarked Melbourne, VIC,  for onward travel to Adelaide
                    as Private in 10th Battalion

27/8/1917      discharged from service (medically unfit due to epilepsy)

Total service:   1 year 263 days (1 year 115 days overseas)

Medals:           British War Medal (11316) and Victory Medal (11221)

Commemorated in St George the Martyr's Anglican Church, Goodwood, Adelaide, South Australia.
Inscription reads:
'To the Glory of God. In Honour of Our Lady, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed George the Martyr & of all the Blessed Saints. To the dear Memory of all those who went forth from this Altar, where they offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ, to give their lives in the Great War. This Screen is Blessed on Anzac Day 25 April 1922 being the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist.'


RE-ENLISTED as  6803 Private F B CURRIE

Described on enlisting as 21yrs 1 mth old; single; 5' 5" tall; 122 lbs;
fresh complexion; grey eyes; brown hair; Church of England

20/8/1917       enlisted in Adelaide, SA

12/9/1917       appointed to 27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement, Mitcham Camp

30/10/1917     embarked from Melbourne, VIC, onboard HMAT A60 Aeneas
                      as a Private in 27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
27/12/1917     disembarked into Devonport, England

6/5/1918         proceeded overseas to France, ex5th Training Battalion Fovant, via Folkestone
7/5/1918         marched in to AFBD, France
15/5/1918       taken on strength 27 Battalion, Etaples, France

17/7/1918       killed in action Somme, France
buried in:         Adelaide Cemetery, Villers, Bretonneux, France
                      Plot 1; Row C; Grave No. 17

His name is commemorated on Panel 110 of the Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, ACT.

Medals:           British War medal (58572), Victory medal (57531), Memorial Plaque
                      and Scroll (347935)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  8/5/2016.  Lest we forget.