Biography

Birth date: 20 May 1888
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Death date: 06 August 1971
Death place: United States of America: Florida
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 165 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • Divisional Engineers
  • 3rd Field Company, Australian Engineers
  • 5th Field Company, Australian Engineers

Frederick Trouton Small was born on 20 May 1888 in Brisbane, Queensland. An engineer before the war, Small enlisted on 4 September 1914 and was assigned to the 9th Battalion. He embarked with the 3rd Field Company Engineers on 22 September 1914 from Melbourne aboard HMAT Geelong. He served on the Gallipoli peninsula transferring to the 5 Field Company Engineers and won a recommendation for a French Croix De Gurre. His part in the evacuation of Gallipoli can be read in Volume II of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, The Story of ANZAC from 4 May, 1915, to the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula By Charles Bean. He was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in 1916 due to illness and returned to Australia on board the HT Nestor.

Frederick Small married Mary Call after the war and they moved to the United States in 1924. They first lived in Maryland where he worked as an Engineer before retiring to Florida. An avid stamp collector, Small was the owner of the world's most expensive stamp which he sold in 1970 for US$280,000. He died on 6 August 1971 in Broward, Florida.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of embarkation: 22 September 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : French Croix de Guerre

  • Unit: Divisional Engineers
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: Divisional Engineers
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record

Small, Frederick Trouton (Lieutenant, b.1888 - d.1971)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 165 Lieutenant Frederick Trouton Small, 3rd and 5th Field Company, Australian Engineers. Collection consists of two diaries for 1914 and 1915; a notebook containing notes and sketches; two letters; a telegram; a souvenir; and a tracing of the... Maker: Small, Frederick Trouton

2DRL/0778 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of Frederick Trouton Small, September-December 1914

Diary relating to service of 165 Sapper Frederick Trouton Small, 3rd Field Company Engineers. This diary covers the period from 3 September 1914 - 31 December 1914.

RCDIG0000251

Diary of Frederick Trouton Small, 1915

Diary relating to service of 165 Sapper Frederick Trouton Small, 3rd Field Company Engineers. This diary covers the period from 1 January 1915 - 27 November 1915.

RCDIG0000252

Notebook of Frederick Trouton Small, 1915

Notebook relating to service of 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Trouton Small, 3rd Field Company Engineers. This book contains handwritten notes and sketches.

RCDIG0000253

Correspondence of Frederick Trouton Small, 1915

Correspondence relating to service of 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Trouton Small, 3rd Field Company Engineers. File contains: Telegraph from Adj 20th Bn, Russel's Top, to Lt Small, n.d.; Letter with envelope from Emily Woolcook to 'my dear old Fred', 31 October 1915; Letter from Florence Bailey to Mr...

RCDIG0000254

Timeline

Date of birth 1888-05-20
Date of embarkation 1914-09-22
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-12-12
Date of death 1971-08-06