Biography

Birth date: 20 June 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Wollongong, Unanderra
Death date: 28 November 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli
Final rank: Private
Service number: 644 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion

Frederick Warren Muir, a law student from Unanderra, enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force at Randwick on 22 August 1914. He had brief military experience, having spent two-and-a-half years as a lieutenant in the cadets. Muir was assigned to the 1st Infantry Battalion and departed Sydney for Egypt aboard HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914.

After training at Egypt, Muir left with the 1st Battalion for the Dardanelles and participated in the landing on 25 April 1915. He wrote home to his mother almost every week from the trenches, describing in detail his experiences at the front line. His letters were published in the South Coast Times, a local paper in Wollongong.

In late November 1915, Muir was badly wounded and taken to the Hospital Ship Glenart Castle, just off the coast of the peninsula. Unfortunately, on 28 November he succumbed to his wounds and was buried at sea. Frederick Muir is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 28 November 1915
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 18 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

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Timeline

Date of birth 1893-06-20
Date of embarkation 1914-10-18
Date of death 1915-11-28