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Frederick Joseph DANIEL

Regimental number613
Place of birthPittsworth, Queensland
SchoolState School, Pittsworth, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 11"
Weight130.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, E. Daniel, Pittsworth, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 January 1915
Place of enlistmentPittsworth, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 5 August 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo name grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ebenezer and Leah E. DANIEL. Born at Pittsworth, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 549 Pte Harold Ernest DANIEL, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 1 August 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 September 1915.

Admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 10 November 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 13 November 1915, and transferred to No 15 General Hospital, Alexandria the same day (enteric); embarked for England, 4 December 1915; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 14 December 1915; discharged, 29 December 1915.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1916; marched into Base Depot, France, 27 March 1916.

Admitted to No 20 General Hospital, 13 April 1916 (mumps); transferred to No 26 General Hospital, 18 April 1916; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 21 April 1916; discharged to Base Depot, 23 April 1916.

Rejoined 25th Bn, in the field, 23 May 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 17 July 1916.

Died of wounds, 5 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DANIEL Frederick Joseph

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