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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Frederick Prentice
Name: Prentice, Frederick
Also known as: Prentiss, Frederick
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2597
Place of Birth: Powell Creek (N.T.)
Cultural heritage: Indigenous Australian
Next of Kin: Isabel Jane Kell – Mother ; Wallaroo Post Office, Wallaroo, S.A.
Biographical notes: Prentice’s complexion was described as "dark" on his enlistment papers and his next of kin was listed as Isabel Kell. He was the son of Alfred Leslie Prentice who was Justice of the Peace at Powell Creek. Walter James "Dan" Kell was the Station Master at Powell Creek Telegraph Station and Isabel Jane Kell nee Birkett was his wife. The Kell's had no children so adopted Frederick and another Aboriginal child. In 1905, the Kell family returned to Adelaide where the children were educated. The Military Medal was presented to Prentice by General Birdwood, at Fricourt in France, for his actions at Mouquet Farm in August 1916. He posted the medal to his sister, but it was lost when the SS 'Mongolia' was sunk by enemy action. Electoral Rolls: 1931 Picadilly St., Kalgoorlie 1943 Westonia, miner 1949 Comet Mine, Marble Bar, miner 1954 Blue Spec Nullagine, pump attendant
Occupation: Station hand
Date of Enlistment: 7-May-1915
Age at Enlistment: 21
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide (S.A.)
Unit: 12th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1957-11-22
Place of Death: Katherine (N.T.)
Honours and Awards: Military Medal
Service History: Prentice's unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT 'Morea' on 26 August 1915. He transferred to 1st Pioneer Battalion on 13 March 1916 and was appointed to Lance Corporal in France on 1 August 1916. Prentice was awarded the Military Medal for service at Mouquet Farm in France during August 1916 (Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62. Date: 19 April 1917). The citation for his Military Medal is as follows: At Pozieres, France on 19th July 1916, L/Cpl. Prentice showed great courage, resource and ability in bringing machine guns and ammunition through the enemy barrage in the dark and across broken ground. He was one of Cpl. William's party and assisted the N.C.O. in every way. (Sgd) H.B.W Major general Commanding 1st Aust. Division He reverted to the rank of Private at his own request on 12 December 1916. Prentice undertook training with 21st Machine Gun Company from 16 August 1917 and was promoted again to Lance Corporal on 2 October 1917. He was promoted to Corporal on 31 Jan 1918 and returned to Australia on board the ‘City of Poona’ on 28 March 1919.
Related link: Nominal Roll
The story of the twelfth: a record of the 12th Battalion, AIF during the Great War of 1914-1918 by L.M. Newton. Swanbourne, W.A. : John Burridge Military Antiques, 2000.
"Personal", The Advertiser, 17 August 1905: p.4.
"Items of news", Western Argus, 18 July 1933: p.18.
Service Record
Unit War Diary
Embarkation Record - HMAT 'Morea'
Military Medal
Indigenous Histories
AWM Portrait - 2597 Private Frederick Prentice
"Welcome Home", The Kadina and Wallaroo Times, 4 June 1919: p.2.
ANZAC Day 2015: The lone and mysterious death of the Indigenous WWI veteran Frederick Prentice. 105.7 ABC Darwin. 25 April 2015.
"Indigenous ANZAC honoured with plaque", Katherine Times, 5 November 2014.
Black ANZAC - the documentary
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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