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Frederick Harold CADE

Regimental number79
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolPultney Street Church of England Schoool, South Australia
Other trainingClerical Work.
ReligionChurch of England
Address38 West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.5"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Esther Cade, 38 West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years on Thursday Island and 3 years at Largo Fort.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters
FateKilled in Action 21 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known 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: William and Esther CADE, Lamond Avenue, Beulah Estate, Adelaide, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Found guilty, 3rd Training Bn, Alexandria, 26 June 1915, of breaking camp between 18 June 1915, and 23 June 1915: awarded 14 days' confined to camp, and forfeits 6 days' pay.

Rejoined 10th Bn from hospital, Anzac, 16 August 1915.

Transferred to 3rd Bde Headquarters, Gallipoli, 26 August 1915 (Colonel Weir's batman).

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 30 August 1915, and returned to duty the same day (dressing of hand).

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 10 September 1915; transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 10 September 1915 (diarrhoea); to Hospital Ship, 10 September 1915; disembarked Malta, 16 September 1915; to No 3 General Hospital, Wandsworth, England, 5 October 1915 (injured wrist); discharged, 16 November 1915.

Marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 29 June 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 25 July 1916; rejoined 10th Bn, 30 July 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1916.

Now, 11 October 1916, reported as 'Killed in Action, 21 August 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CADE Frederick Harold

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