Frederick Lawrence WALL MC, MiD

WALL, Frederick Lawrence

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 25 May 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 3rd Field Ambulance
Born: Norwood, SA, 16 February 1892
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College and University of Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: South Australia, 25 September 1958, aged 66 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Royal Adelaide Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide St John's Anglican Church Memorial Tablet, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Lower North Adelaide War Memorial WW1, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

25 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Officer, Medical Officers, Adelaide, South Australia
17 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: '' embarkation_ship: '' embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
17 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
5 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 3rd Field Ambulance, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Annette Summers

WALL Frederick Lawrence MC CdeG MB BS


Frederick Lawrence Wall was born in Norwood, South Australia, on the 16th February 1892. He was the son of George Lawrence Wall, later manager of Harris Scarfe Ltd, and his wife Charlotte Elizabeth, nee Elliott of Brougham Place, North Adelaide.  He was educated at Prince Alfred College, where at the age of 14 he won a prize for excellence in Latin. He was a lieutenant in the school cadets. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 1914. Wall enlisted in WW1 in 1914, while he was a resident at the Adelaide Hospital. He served in 1 AGH at Gallipoli and then was posted to 3 FdAmb. He was attached to 6 Bn which moved to France in the spring of 1916, where he was Mentioned in Despatches, in 1916, and was awarded a Military Cross in June 1917.  Wall was appointed DADMS of 2 Division after the Battle of Passchendaele and the battle of Hamel. He was again Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Croix de Guerre. Wall returned to Australia in March 1919, with his appointment terminated on the 27th June 1919.  After WW1, Wall had returned to the Adelaide Hospital for six months before taking a locum at Wallaroo for a year.  He married Dr Annie Winifred (Winnie) Clark of Georgetown, near Port Pirie, SA, in 1924. He then established a practice and residence at 179 Magill Road where he remained for 30 years. It was an extensive practice and later included his son-in-law, Dr Frank Riddell. Wall took a year off from his practice to further his obstetrics and gynaecology training in England, in 1938

Wall enlisted in WW2 on 22nd July 1940, aged 48 years, and was appointed DADMS at HQ 4 MD at the rank of major. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, on 1st January 1942, and appointed DDMS at HQ 4MD. At this time, he was still living at 179 Magill Road, Norwood. He was then posted as CO of 10 Australian CCS, on 11th August 1942, at the rank of colonel. He embarked on the Annui for Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea on 12th August 1942, where it is reported that he took his No 2 Iron. He returned to Australia on 9th June 1943 and relinquished command of 10 CCS on 11th June 1943.  He was appointed DDMS HQ SA, L of C area until he relinquished his appointment on 1st May 1946 and retired at the rank of colonel. 

Wall remained on the Reserve of Officers List after WW2.  He was a strong supporter of the SA Branch of the BMA and was its president, in 1947.  He was generous to a fault for the benefit of his children and compassionate to the general community. He was a member of the Royal Adelaide Golf Club and purchased a cottage adjoining the Mount Lofty Links. Frederick Lawrence Wall died, on the 25th September 1958; survived by his widow Winnie, son Gordon and three daughters, Margaret, Kathleen and Ellen.


Blood, Sweat and Fears III: Medical Practitioners South Australia, who Served in World War 2. 

Swain, Jelly, Verco, Summers. Open Books Howden, Adelaide 2019. 

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