Frederick Charles FOHRMAN

FOHRMAN, Frederick Charles

Service Number: 3021
Enlisted: 16 June 1915, Keswick, SA
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia , 4 August 1891
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Upholsterer
Died: Killed in Action, Villers Brettoneux, Picardie France, 25 April 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rosewater War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3021, 10th Infantry Battalion, Keswick, SA
14 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 3021, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ballarat embarkation_ship_number: A70 public_note: ''
14 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 3021, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, 3021, 50th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3021 awm_unit: 50 Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-04-25

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Frederick Charles FOHRMAN was born in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 4th August, 1891

His parents were John Albion FOHRMAN and Mary Jane ODGERS who married on 14th June 1886 - his Mother died in 1898 after giving birth to twins and his Father John died in 1901 - due to his fathers illness the children were fostered out and Frederick and two siblings were brought up by a Miss Frances Elizabeth GODFREY who was their foster mother

He enlisted in Keswick SA on 16th June, 1915 and embarked from Adelaide with the 10th Infantry Battalion, 10th reinforcements on 14th September, 1915 on the HMAT Ballarat - he was transferred to the 50th Infantry Battalion on 26th Feb. 1916 and promoted to Lance Corporal on 4th July, 1917

Frederick was Killed in Action on 25th April, 1918 & was buried 500 yards south of Villers Bretonneux but the grave was subsequently lost - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

He served in Egypt, Gallipoli & the Western Front and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


His brother John Anton Alexis FOHRMAN (SN3597) also served in WW1  in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia in 1919