Courtesy of Patricia Wisewould
Lance Corporal Frank Wisewould
Pakenham State School Roll of Honour
Born: 6 June 1894, Tocumwal, NSW
Enlisted: 18 February 1916
Unit: 46th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements (SERN: 1800A)
Served: Western Front
Died: 29 May 1981, Baxter Victoria
Frank was the sixth child of Edward and Elizabeth Wisewould. Like his older brother Harold, Frank attended Pakenham State School. In May 1906, “A & F Wisewould” (presumably Frank and his brother Andrew) representing Pakenham State School came second in a 100 yards “Siamese” race at the state school exhibition in Dandenong (1). The family later moved to Jindivick, near Drouin, where Frank became a farmer. There, he was also a member of the Jindivick football team with his brothers James and Albert. Frank enlisted at Warragul on 18 February 1916, just a few days prior to his brother Albert. He had two years‘ prior service with the 13th Light Horse, which was a local Gippsland militia unit (2). After enlisting, Frank was initially in camp at Seymour, then was assigned as a private to the 2nd Reinforcement, 46th Battalion at Broadmeadows. Later, he was promoted to acting Lance Corporal. Frank was given a send off in Jindivick in April 1916 just prior to embarking for overseas (3). In July and August 1916, he received training at the School of Musketry at Tidworth in England, before proceeding to France to reinforce the 4th Division. He reverted to the rank of private and was taken on strength with the 46th Battalion in December 1916. Frank served with the 46th Battalion throughout 1917, including at Bullecourt in April. There, the 46th Battalion participated in the attack on the heavily defended village, in the process sustaining its worst casualties in the War (4). The 46th Battalion went on to fight at Messines and Passchendaele in Belgium (4). In January 1918, Frank was detached to serve with the 4th Field Company, Australian Engineers. In early 1919, he was appointed as a Lance Corporal again before returning to Australia, where he was discharged in September 1919 (5).
Frank initially returned to Jindivick, but later moved to Maffra, where he farmed sugar beet (6) In 1926, he married Elsie Amey. In 1938, Frank became an elder of the Presbyterian Church at Maffra (7) Later, Frank and Elsie moved to a dairy farm at Narracan, near Morwell (8). in his late 1960s, he contracted a severe case of meningitis and was later forced to sell his farm due to ill-health (9). The couple later moved to Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula, where Frank died in 1981. He was nearly 77 years old.
The assistance of Frank’s relatives Patricia Wisewould and Beatrice Garner is gratefully acknowledged.
(1) SBMJ 23/5/1906, p.3
(2) & (5) NAA B2455 WISEWOULD FRANK
(3) West Gippsland Gazette 11/4/1916, p. 8
(6) & (8) B. Garner (2014), p. 45
(7) The Age 25/2/1938 p.14.
(9) NAA B73 M71702