Frederick Thomas Robert CHURCH

CHURCH, Frederick Thomas Robert

Service Numbers: 5773, 5688
Enlisted: 6 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia , 23 November 1879
Home Town: Stepney, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Uraidla Public School
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 37 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Summertown Cemetery Memorial Arch Gates, Uraidla & Districts Roll of Honour 1, Uraidla War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5773, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5773, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5773, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5688, 27th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Aberfoyle Park High School

Frederick Church, service number 5773 and 5688 was born on the 23rd of November 1879, and is thought to have been killed in action on the 20th of September 1917 in Belgium.

Private Church embarked to war on the 28th of August 1916 aboard the HMAT Anchises.

On the 2nd day of March 1917, Frederick Church was wounded in France. Six or so months later on the 20th of September 1917, Frederick Church was reported as Missing.

Then on the same day, Frederick Church’s status was changed from M.I.A. to Killed in Action.

It was discovered that a shell had landed in the trench in which Private Church was stationed. No trace of Frederick Church was found therefore we assume that Church was incinerated and so leaving nothing of him or any possessions behind.