The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Frank Schy

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Frank Lucas Schy

Ancestor's date of birth: 20/05/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 23/12/1956

Cause of Death: Natural. Would have died after 1945. I was a little boy when I met him.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Frank's parents were both born in Germany. He was born on 20 May 1874 at Booval near Ipswich, Queensland. Married Jane Greasley in 1894 in Brisbane - had one son. They lived at Blackstone near Ipswich. Jane died in 1906 in Ipswich.

Service Number: 135

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Booval

Unit: 2 Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 08/07/1916

Murray Page: 462

Contingent: Second Queensland

Ship: Maori King, Date of Sailing: 13/01/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps. British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: He was a Schy! He would have been abnoxious and stubborn. Height 172 cm, weight 72 kg (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: To quote the webmaster's grandmother when lamenting the propensity for family members to seek military service when a war was mooted "er hatte das Blut".

Details of service in war: March 1900 - March 1901 in Free State, west and east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: After the Boer War Frank went back to work as a Coal Miner. Later he worked as a Motor Car Proprietor and Labourer eventually becoming a Licenced Victualler. Jane died in 1906 in Ipswich. Married Leah Ann Thomas in 1907 in Brisbane - had four sons. They lived at Cothill Road, Silkstone, Ipswich. Enlisted 8 July 1916 in 49 Battalion AIF, served in France where he was wounded in action 7 June 1917. Returned to Australia 18 October 1917. Three of Frank's sons served in WW2.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Tom Wood, Forest Lake, QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew (Mother's side)

Name of Descendant: Peter William Schy, Banora Point NSW 2486
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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