Frederick (Fred) Eley

Frederick (Fred) Eley

Fred EleyWhen Fred enlisted in September 1915, he was 44 years old, married, and working as a saddler.

He arrived in France late in 1916, part of the 40th Battalion. He took part in fighting in the Battles of Messines and Broodseinde Ridge. After a bout of influenza, he re-joined his unit just before the action that killed fellow 40th soldier, Lewis McGee.

After the war he worked as foreman of the Ross Freestone Quarry, supplying grindstones, flagstones and building stone. He was also secretary of the Ross Cycle Club. He died in Hobart in 1950.

(pictured in 1947).

Fred’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.