Frederick Thorneycroft Plant

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Frederick Thorneycroft Plant
Plant Frederick Thorneycroft.jpg
Western Mail 23 Jul 1915 page 6s
Personal Information
Date of Birth 20 Dec 1894
Place of Birth Broken Hill, New South Wales
Death 1 Apr 1960, aged 65
Place of Death South Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 9 months
Description 5' 8" (1.73m) tall ; 152 lbs
68.946 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Farmer
Religion Congregational
Address NOK Victoria Park, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr William G. Plant
Military Information
Reg Number 140
Date of Enlistment 5 Oct 1914
Rank Trooper
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron / 3rd Light Horse Brigade
Date of Embarkation 8 Feb 1915 ‒ 9 Mar 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A47 Mashobra
Date of Return 24 Jan 1916 ‒ 29 Feb 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A73 Commonwealth
Fate Wounded in Action 18 Jun 1915, Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli
Monument Victoria Park
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 a farmer at Kelmscott.

War Service

Frederick embarked for Gallipoli with the 10th Light Horse Regiment from Alexandria on 16 May 1915.

On 18 Jun 1915 Fred was one of six Troopers injured by one Turkish shell while a member of a party of men seeking to reinforce Walker's Ridge. He suffered a shrapnel wound to his scrotum and left testicle. He was evacuated to Egypt on HMHS Gascon where he was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis on 30 Jun 1915 and held by them until 16 Jul 1915.

Discharged from hospital on 16 Jul 1915, he spent time rehabilitating in the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (16 Jul to 17 Aug 1915) and at the Ras-el-tin Convalescent Hospital until 26 Sep 1915. On 4 Oct 1915 (having embarked aboard HMHS Imkoski at Alexandria on 27 Sep 1915), he rejoined his unit on Rhododendron Spur, Gallipoli. On 30 Oct 1915 at Gallipoli he reported ill to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, followed on 2 Nov 1915 when he was transferred to the 13th Casualty Clearing Station before being again sent to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital Heliopolis, this time aboard HMHS Nevasa. Fred remained with the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital from 7 Nov until 28 Dec 1915.

On 28 Dec 1915 he was transferred to the Convalescent Camp in Port Said with enteric, and so on 21 Jan 1916 he was sent back to Australia from Suez, disembarking in Fremantle on 29 Feb 1916 'for 3 months change'. However, instead he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 5 Jun 1916.

Neville Browning's Gallipoli to Tripoli at p.71 notes that Fred was one of 6 men wounded by one shrapnel shell on 18th June 1915.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 a farmer at Kelmscott, and in 1925 a farmer at Bantine. By 1931 he is a storekeeper in Calingiri with his wife Julia Hannah Finnemore (nee Searle) the postmistress, where they remain until after WW2. They married in Fremantle in 1927. Between 1949 and 1958 they are living at 240 Mill Point Road, South Perth with Fred described as a businessman. Julia remains in the family home after Fred's death, appearing on the 1963 roll. She died on 26 May 1966 aged 74.


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