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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of embarkation: 22 September 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: French Croix de Guerre
  • Unit: Divisional Engineers
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Unit: Divisional Engineers
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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