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Private (later Sergeant MID) Frederick Savill

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Frederick Herbert Savill

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/03/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 09/11/1917

Cause of Death: Died whilst a prisoner of war

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Linesman

Service Number: 220

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

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 29/11/1915

Murray Page: 498

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Memorial details: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Plot XX Row V, Grave No. 3.9). Iarq. Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. Mentioned in Despatches, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 173 cm, weight 70 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded.

Service and life after the Boer War: A widower by 1914. Enlisted in 4 Battalion AIF on 31 Aug 1914. Served at Gallipoli where he was wounded and promoted corporal on 19 May 1915. Promoted sergeant 29 November 1915 shortly before 4 bn withdrew from the peninsula. Transferred to the Camel Corps 30 January 1916. Mentioned in despatches 13 October 1916 when on Was transferred to the 1st ANZAC Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps 11 November 1916, Taken prisoner 19 April 1917. Died whilst a prisoner in Turkey 9 November 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Elizabeth Santolin, Port Macquarie NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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