Frederick Wilhelm CAUSER

CAUSER, Frederick Wilhelm

Service Number: 3055
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Liverpool England United Kingdom, 4 July 1883
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: Gunshot Wounds - Training Accident, Etaples (26th General Hospitial), France, 26 April 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
(Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 13) Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3055, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3055, 27th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide South Australia Australia
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3055, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Medic embarkation_ship_number: A7 public_note: ''
26 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 3055, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3055 awm_unit: 27 Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1916-04-26

Boer War Service

Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, Unspecified British Units

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Surname: CAUSER; Given Names: Frederick Wilhelm; Date of Birth: 4 July 1883; Date of Enlistment: 9 August 1915; Trade or Calling: Boilermaker; Birth Location: Garston, Liverpool England; Address prior to enlistment: Rose St Prospect; Photograph sent by: Mrs Causer (wife)
Source: State Records SA.

Enlisting on the 9 August, 1915 at Adelaide, Fredrick Wihelm Causer was 32 years old, married with 5 children and a boilmaker. Whilst living in Britain he had already seen active military service in Africa (most probably during the Boer War - 1899 to 1902) in the British Army serving with the Royal Warwickshire 5th Battalion. He had purchased a discharge.   

He was assigned to the 7th Reinforcements, 27th Battalion and embarked from Adelaide on HMAT Medic (A7) on the 12 January, 1916 as an Acting Sergeant (possibly due to his pervious military service.)

Fredrick Causer had sailed to Egypt and then to Marseilles arrivng in France on the 27th of March, 1916. From here the Reinforcements from the 27th Battalion caught a train north to Etaples where they were posted to the 2nd Division Depot. They were to stay at Etaples while they trained ready to face the conditions on the front. 

The next day on the 28th of March, 1916, Fredrick Causer was reverted to the rank of Acting Corporal after failing to follow an order.

Then on the 26th of April, 1916 Fredrick Wilhelm Causer was admitted to the 26th General Hospital in Etaples with an accidental gunshot wound to his chest. Fredrick Causer had sustained his wounds during a Lewis Gun training accident, in which he was hit by a bullet from a Lewis Light Machine Gun. He was admitted to the hospitial around 5pm, however, he later died at 11.25pm. The bullet had entered near the top of his right shoulder and exited on his right side half way down his back. It had caused a large enough wound for massive internal bleeding, as well breaking his 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th ribs as well as several other bones in-between. No blame for the accident was attachted to anyone. Fred Causer was 32 years old and left behind his wife and five children. He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.        

British War Medal: 29898

Victory Medal: 29716

Even though Fredrick Causer enlisted in 1915 because he had not embarked for overseas service by the end of 1915 he wasn't awarded the 1914/15 Star.  


His wife Mrs Mary Anne Causer and children (Frederick John, Horace, Wilfred, Ivy, Mildred Baynam) subsequently relocated to NSW, and by late 1921, were resident at Propsect Street Kogarah.  Correspondence from son Horace dated 1956 placed him at 25 Gladstone Street Kogarah.