Samuel SILK

SILK, Samuel

Service Number: 1968
Enlisted: 17 September 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: London, England, 14 March 1900
Home Town: Sandgate, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 8 October 1980, aged 80 years
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Citizens of Sandgate Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1968, Brisbane, Queensland
14 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1968, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
14 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1968, 1st Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
19 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1968, 1st Pioneer Battalion

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Samuel was born on the 14th March 1900 in London. He died on the 8th October 1980 in Queensland and is remembered in the Victorian Garden of Remembrance. His father was David Thomas
His Brother Joseph also served WW1 Service No. 15713.

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Enlisted for Service aged 15 years and 6 months.

Private Samuel (Percy) Silk declared, which is recorded on Page 31 of his Attestation Paper and Service Record ( that he was in fact 15 years of age when enlisting for military service with the Australian Imperial Force in 1915.

Recorded personal information regarding his death from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (, when compared to the United Kingdom Birth Marriage Death (BMD) ( seems to corroborate his statement.