Frederick John Chester
From Our Contribution
Frederick Chester with wife Mavis Alma.
Wire entanglements near Lormisset Farm part of the Masnieres - Beaurevoir system. Fred Chester was WIA here.
|Date of Birth||28 Apr 1896|
|Place of Birth||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Death||12 May 1968, aged 72|
|Place of Death||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||21 years, 6 months|
5'11½" (1.82m) tall ; 151 lbs|
68.492 kg; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Bush Landing, Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Amelia Harmer|
|Date of Enlistment||26 Oct 1916|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 19th Reinforcment / 13th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A28 Miltiades|
|Date of Return||21 Dec 1918 ‒ 27 Jan 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMT Mamari|
Wounded in Action 3 Oct 1918 Hindenburg Line |
Returned to Australia
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
Soon after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Fred was allocated to the 8th reinforcement draft for the 48th Battalion. Three weeks later he was sent back to a Depot Company, and it was on 4 Jan 1917 that he was allocated to the 19th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion.
The day after arriving in England Fred was in the Rollestone Hospital. On discharge he joined the 7th Training Battalion to prepare for France.
On 28 Mar 1917 he proceeded to Le Havre in France via Southampton. After two weeks in a base depot he joined the 28th Battalion in the field on 15 Aug 1917. At the time, the 28th was in a rear area undergoing training. On 19 Aug 1918 he was awarded 28 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being AWOL for less than a day.Fred was Wounded in Action on 3 Oct 1918 in an attack on the Beaurevoir Line . An abbreviated extract from the unit's War Diary says...
The morning was crisp and fine with a little mist in the valleys. A hot meal was brought forward to the troops by the cooks at 4:00am, and the troops moved to their starting point by 5:00am. The battalion moved forward under an artillery screen at 5 minutes past 6am. Everything went well and according to plan. The advance continued past the Lormisset farm (2 Km west of Beaurevoir) to the road and then the Masnieres - Beaurevoir Line was entered. The advance continued up the trench, capturing prisoners until held up by 3 machne guns. Once these were overcome they managed to capture the entire trench and set up defendable positions. Casualties were 14 KIA and 70 WIA.
Fred's injury is said to be a GSW to his left heel, and could have occurred at any time during the action.
Seen first by the 141st Field Ambulance and passed on to the 50th Casualty Clearing Station on the day he was injured before being admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital in Rouen the next day 4 Oct 1918. Evacuated to England he entered the Town Hall Hospital in Torquay on 6 Oct 1918. Discharged from Hospital on 9 Nov 1918 he was granted furlough until the 25th when he reported to the No 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny.
Discharged 5th Military District 13 Mar 1919.
In 1920 Fred married Mavis Alma Day. Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1943 at Newtown, Jarrahdale, a mill hand; 1949 - 1968 a labourer at Jarrahdale with Mavis. In 1972 Mavis was by herself at 9 Selkirk street, Armadale. Mavis died on 27 Aug 1974 in Armadale.
- AWM4 23/45/43 - October 1918 pages 6-9