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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Frank" John Frank SEWELL

Born 19 January 1885 in Turville, Buckinghamshire, England [20] [21] [30]
Son of John and Sarah Ann SEWELL [20]
Grew up in Turville, Buckinghamshire, England where his father worked as a farmhand / agricultural labourer [20]
Was living with his parents and siblings Alfred, Ada, Bertie, Ellen, Amy and Albert next door to the Vicarage in Turville in 1891 [20]
By 1901 he was still living with his parents in Turville and was working locally as an agricultural labourer [94]
Farmhand in Three Springs, Western Australia in 1914 [19]
Farmhand in Carnamah, Western Australia in 1915 and 1916 [50]
In June 1916 he was working for Arthur G. DARLING on the 16,080 acre Inering Farm in Carnamah [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 13 June 1916 [30: item 8078946]
On enlistment was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 128 lbs., with blue eyes, brown hair and a pale complexion [30]
Stated his next of kin to be his brother Alfred SEWELL, whose address at the time was Shaw PO, Newbury, Berkshire, England [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A16 Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916 [30]
Disembarked in Devonport, England on 28 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 10 April 1917 [30]
Private 2407 in the Australian Imperial Force's 43rd Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
He suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder in France on 31 July 1917 and was evacuated to England on 6 August 1917 [30]
Embarked from London, England on the Nestor on 31 December 1918 and disembarked in Australia on 18 January 1919 [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 28 February 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
He was welcomed back to the district at a function held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in late February 1919 [10: 28-Feb-1919]
At his Welcome Home various people testified to his many good qualities and of the great pleasure felt at his safe return [10]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
Farmhand in Carnamah 1919-1921, Farmhand in Three Springs 1922-1941 and Repairer in Coorow in 1948 [6] [19]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1921 [9: 21-Jan-1921]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE in Three Springs on Wednesday 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Married "Daisy" Fannie GOOCH on Tuesday 20 July 1926 at Saint John's Church in Dongara [478: 6-Sep-1926]
His best man at his wedding was Carnamah farmer "Ned" Edmund Keane WELLS [478: 6-Sep-1926]
At the time of his marriage his address was given as Rozel in Three Springs, which was probably the name of a farm [478: 6-Sep-1926]
He was among those from Three Springs who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Advertised in March 1933 that he had single rooms to let in Three Springs, or half a house partly furnished [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Employee of the Three Springs Road Board in 1936 [5: 28-Feb-1936]
At the conclusion of work each day he had to lock the tap at the Town Dam in Three Springs to prevent its misuse [5: 28-Feb-1936]
Attended the luncheon tendered to Primate of Australia Rev. Henry F. LE FANU in Three Springs on Monday 1 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Later resided in the outer Perth suburb of Bickley [2]
Died 3 August 1955; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Seventh Day Adventist, BA, 72) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Frank Sewell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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