Frederick Robert Weedon
Frederick and Blossom Weedon - Ancestry
|Date of Birth||31 Oct 1888|
|Place of Birth||Walton-on-Thames, England|
|Death||9 Oct 1976|
|Place of Death||Hamel, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||28 years, 5 months|
5' 6½" (1.69m) tall ; 145 lbs|
65.771 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Seventh road, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Blossom Georgina Jane Weedon|
|Date of Enlistment||10 Apr 1916|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 21st Reinforcements / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||13 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A39 Port Macquarie|
|Date of Return||21 Sep 1918 ‒ 11 Dec 1918|
|Ship Returned On||SS Saxon|
Wounded in Action 2 Oct 1917 Ypres salient |
Returned to Australia
Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel) |
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
British War Medal |
As an 18 year old stableman, Fred arrived in Fremantle aboard the 5.857 ton SS Oruba on 9 Feb 1906 after a voyage of 75 days from London. During 1914 Fred married Blossom Georgina Whittaker (1890 - 18 Aug 1972) in Fremantle.
Electoral Roll entries - 1906 a miner at Higginsville (near Coolgardie); 1910 at 382 Egan street, Hannans with Mary Ann (mother?); 1916 Carradine road, Armadale, farmer with Blossom.
Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 10 Apr 1916, and on 1 May 1916 was allocated to the 21st reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. During his training, Fred participated in a signals training course from 30 May to 24 Jul 1916. He was listed as sailing with the 21st reinforcements of the 11th Battalion, on the 10th of October 1916
On arrival in England he was first sent to the 8th Training Battalion at Larkhill, but on 17 Dec he joined the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington.
Fred entered France from Southampton on 9 Jul 1917, disembarking in Le Havre, and along with 80 other reinforcements joined the 11th Battalion on the 4th Aug 1917 in a rear area, west of Hazebrouck.
On 1 Oct 1917 the 11th Battalion relieved the 47th Battalion in reserve at Westhoek Ridge east of Ypres. Although the Unit War Diary records two WIA and three gassed for the 1st, it records nil injuries for the 2nd, so Fred's wounds may have been received overnight 1/2 Oct. He sustained a slight GSW to his right leg and to his jaw. Treated first by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, he was admitted to the 20th General Hospital in Camiers north of Étaples on the 4th, and on 8 Oct 1917 he embarked for England on HMHS St Andrew for admission to the Colchester General Military Hospital the next day.
Spending less than one day in the Colchester Hospital before being released to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Hurdcott, and on 12 Nov 1917 he was transferred to No.3 Command Depot , also in Hurdcott to build up his strength. While there, in Jan 1918, he contracted scabies and was placed in an isolation hospital, also spending time in Sutton Veny hospital from 1 May 1918 to 1 Jun 1918 with a deflected septum, perhaps resulting from his wounds. On 1 Jun 1918 he entered the Tidworth Military Hospital until 14 Jun 1918 after which he returned to the Command Depot. Given his health issues, he was sent home early for discharge.
Discharged by the 5th Military District on 31 Mar 1919.
Electoral Roll entries - 1921 - 1936 at 549 Edmund street, South Fremantle, a storeman; 1949 - 1963 street number was now 109 Edmund street, 1972 by himself. Blossom died 18 Aug 1972 aged 81 at Beaconsfield, and Fred on 9 Oct 1976 at Hamilton Hill. Fred and Blossom had two sons, Robert Levi James (1920 - 1987) and ?
- "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 11. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia.