Frederick Washington George BESSELL


BESSELL, Frederick Washington George

Service Number: 1723
Enlisted: 26 January 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, 1890
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Killed in action, France, 14 August 1916
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Broken Hill War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

26 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1723, 11th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
19 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1723, 11th Infantry Battalion
19 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1723, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle
1 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion
14 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1723, 51st Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Frederick Washington George BESSELL was born in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria in 1890

His parents were Robert George BESSELL and Annie WHITEHEAD who married in South Australia in 1888

He enlisted in Blackboy Hill, Western Australia on 26th January, 1915 and embarked with the 11th Infantry Battalion, 4th reinforcements from Fremantle, WA on the ship HMAT Argyllshire on 19th April, 1915

Frederick was Killed in Action on 14th August, 1916 at Pozieres - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.

War Service:  Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front