Frederick Arthur Lister Maw

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Frederick Arthur Lister Maw
Personal Information
Date of Birth 28 Jul 1898
Place of Birth Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
Death 11 Feb 1963
Place of Death Frankston, Victoria
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 10 months
Description 5'5¾" (1.67m) tall ; 130lbs
58.967 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair ; scar on right cheek
Occupation Student (Civil Engineering)
Religion Church of England
Address Kalamunda, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Edwin Lister Maw
Military Information
Reg Number 21820
Date of Enlistment 13 Jun 1917
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation Engineering Field Companies, General Reinforcements
Date of Embarkation 22 Mar 1918 ‒ 24 May 1918
Ship Embarked On HMAT A54 Runic
Date of Return 22 Nov 1919 ‒ 1 Jan 1920
Ship Returned On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Perth Modern School Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

War Service

On 14 Jun 1917 Fred entered Blackboy Hill camp, and after some 4 months training in WA was sent to NSW where on 17 Oct 1917 he became an Engineer reinforcement. From 5 Nov 1917 until 20 Dec 1917 he attended the Equitation School in Roseville. Returning to the Engineering reinforcements on 20 Dec 1917, he sailed with them for England.

On arrival in England he was sent to a training battalion at Parkhouse before proceeding to France through Southampton on 4 Oct 1918, and on 20 Oct 1918 he was taken on strength by the 1st Army Troops Company. On 10 Feb 1919 he returned to England as he had negotiated leave from 11 Mar 1919 until 30 Nov 1919 with fees paid, pay and subsistence, to allow him to attend University in London to study Engineering. He had applied for permission to be discharged in England, but this did no occur.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 19 Mar 1920.

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Post War

On 24 Oct 1924, 26 year old Fred, described as a Civil Engineer leaves London aboard SS Khiva, travelling 1st class for Singapore.

In 1926 Fred married Amy Johnson Litchfield (1898- 1986). Three daughters including Patsy Anne Maw (1932 - 1982) born in Victoria; Barbara Jane and Frederica Ruth.

Fred served during WW2 as a RAAF Wing Commander at RAAF HQ until 4 Oct 1943 with Service No. 252098. In 1934 Fred reports the loss of his medals in a burglary at Caulfield in Victoria.

Electoral Roll entries: 1921 at 64 Subiaco road, Subiaco, engineer; 1925 at 47 Colin street, West Perth, civil engineer; 1931 - 1937 at 47 Lumeah road, Caulfield, engineer; 1943 - 1949 at 73 Dunlaven road Mitchem, Victoria; 1963 "Winds" 51 Cliff road, Frankston, Victoria.


1916 Post Office Directory places the family in Maddington.

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