Frederick Brenchley ADCOCK


ADCOCK, Frederick Brenchley

Service Number: 1044
Enlisted: 8 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melton Mowbray, England, 30 April 1893
Home Town: Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Melton Mowbray Grammar School, England
Occupation: Sailor
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 11th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
2 Nov 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

The Two Adcock Bros

From Peter Barnes, Australia and NZ in WWI

Two brothers landed together on Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915.

They were Private Frank Adcock and Private Frederick Adcock. They both served with the 11th Battalion. The brothers are in the well known photograph of the 11th Battalion on the Pyramid of Cheops, which is featured on this post, cropped to show them both together.

The brothers and their mother, Charlotte, immigrated to Australia in 1911 from England, and they settled in Fremantle, Western Australia. Their father, John Adcock, had previously died back in England in 1907.

Frank went into the 11th Battalion of the A.I.F. soon after WW1 started, and Fred joined in September. Frank was posted to D Company, and Fred, who was initially posted to C Company, transferred to join his brother.

At approximately 5 am on the 25th of April 1915 they both landed at Anzac Cove as part of the second wave.

Their mother was informed that both of her sons had been wounded. Charlotte wrote letters often in the hope that her sons would respond.

Charlotte received a letter from her son Frank, dated the 1st of May 1915 and it gave her hope that her sons were still alive.

It was found that the brothers were together at the landing. It was later reported that one of the brothers was seen wounded on a stretcher and being taken back to the beach, but later died.

An inquiry was held in April 1916 and it was determined that both Adcock brothers had been killed in action on the 25th of April 1915.

In 1919, Frank’s remains were identified and he was laid to rest in the Baby 700 Cemetery. Fred’s remains were never found and his name was added to the Memorial to the Missing at Lone Pine.

Fred was 22 and Frank was 25 when they died.

Their mother returned to England, where in 1947, she passed away aged 87.

Lest We Forget.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Frederick Brenchley ADCOCK was born in Melton, Leicestershire, England

His parents were John ADCOCK and Charlotte Maria ATKINS

He arrived in Melbourne from London in 1913 on the ship Geelong - 

Frederick enlisted in the AIF on 8th September, 1914 and embarked for active service on the HMAT Ascanius on 2nd November, 1914

He was Killed in Action during the landing at Gallipoli - his brother Frank Henry Burton ADCOCK (SN394) also died on the same day at Gallipoli


                                     WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 21 and a son of John and Charlotte M. Adcock, of 34, Richardson St., Perth, Western Australia.His brother Frank Henry Burton Adcock also fell at Gallipoli. Both served with the 11th Bn.Australian Infantry, A.I.F. and were killed same day.