Frederick Hisgrove

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Frederick James Hisgrove

West Side

Name added to memorial in 1918

He was nominated by the Builders Union

Frederick was born in Terowie, South Australia on May 22 1882 to John and Ellen (nee Rowe). He married Alice (nee Cook) and they had two daughters.

Frederick enlisted in the Boer War on January 6 1902 serving with the 2nd Commonwealth Horse.

During the wars Frederick was an active member of the Builders Laborers Union and President of the Port Adelaide Trades and Labor Council.

He enlisted with the AIF on August 2 1915, leaving Adelaide on HMAT A30 Borda, joining the 50th Battalion on February 26 1916. He was promoted to Corporal on April 22 1916 and participated in battles at Zeitoun, Tel el Kebir, Serapeum, Alexandria, Marseilles and was killed on the Somme, in France on August 16 1916

Frederick is buried in an unmarked grave at Moquet Farm. Moquet Farm, located near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between August 8 and September 3 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting.

Contemporary press clippings:


Mrs. A. Hisgrove, New-street, Queenstown, whose husband, Lance-Corporal Hisgrove, was killed recently in France, has received a letter of sympathy from Lieutenant W. Caldwell, who since forwarding it has himself fallen on the field of battle. Lieutenant Caldwell remarks: "I met one of the battalion officers who saw Fred (Lance-Corporal Hisgrove) killed, and he said Fred went over with the rest of his company in a charge. He got through that all right, but when it was over there was an officer lying out in a shell hole wounded. Fred and another stretcher bearer got to him but in coming back Fred was killed. That is dying like a man.

Tuesday 17 April 1917 The Advertiser

His memorial is recorded on Villers Bretonneux Memorial

HISGROVE. - In loving memory of Corporal F. J. Hisgrove, killed at the battle of Pozieres,, August 16, 1916.

In the prime of his life he was taken,
In the joy of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None mentioned his name but in praise.
-Inserted by his mother-in-law, M. Cork, and Everil, Maud, Arthur, and Tom, on active service.

HISGROVE. -In loving memory of mv dear husband and father, Corporal F. J. Hisgrove (Fred.), killed at the battle of Pozieres whilst bringing his wounded officer in, August 16, 1916.

Out on the shot-torn battle,
It was there that he fought and fell, He gave his life that you may live,
That you know, we need not tell.
I mourn for you, my darling,
But not with outward show;
For those that mourn sincerely,
Mourn silently and low.
-Inserted by his loving wife and little girlies, Iris and Gladys.
August 16 1917 The Advertiser