Frank Colin APPERLY

Regimental number2777
Place of birthWaverley, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address71 Morrah Street, Parkville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 2.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss L Apperly, 71 Morrah Street, Parkville, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 April 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 2 April 1915 and posted to 9th Reinforcements for 6th Bn. T.O.S. 6th Bn 7 January 1916. Transferred to 58th Bn 17 February 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Mother: Jessie SEATON (married Henry Lawrence APPERLY, April 1885; he died March 1908; re-married Robert Graham SEATON, who divorced her in 1917. Statutory declaration, 15 January 1921: ' ... the last time I saw my son was about 2 years or more before he enlisted and the only reason I can think of him leaving his sister as next-of-kin instead of myself is that he supposed me dead.' Medals allotted to mother.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 6 March 1916; rejoined unit, 24 March 1916.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 30 March 1916; transferred same day to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia (sore feet); discharged to duty, 24 March 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 29 March 1916; rejoined Bn, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 July 1916 (debility); transferred same day to 12th Casualty Clearing Station (influenza); discharged to duty, 16 July 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'KILLED IN ACTION, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSister's address subsequently 20 Blenheim Street, East St Kilda, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, APPERLY Frank Colin