A century on from the end of World War I we acknowledge their service …
Lest we forget.
Lance Corporal Frank Wisewould
Born: 6 June 1894 Tocumwal. Died: 29 May 1981 Baxter.
Enlisted: 18 February 1916.
Served: Western Front.
Frank was the sixth child of Edward and Elizabeth Wisewould. In May 1906, “A & F Wisewould” (Frank and brother Andrew) representing Pakenham State School came second in a 100 yards “Siamese” race at the state school exhibition in Dandenong . The family later moved to Jindivick, where Frank became a farmer and played for the local football team with his brothers James and Albert. Frank enlisted at Warragul, 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. Frank was given a send off in Jindivick in April 1916 just prior to embarking for overseas, where he proceeded to France to reinforce the 4th Division and served with the 46th Battalion throughout 1917, including at Bullecourt in April and later at Messines and Passchendaele in Belgium. After the War, Frank initially returned to Jindivick, but later moved to Maffra, where he farmed sugar beet. In 1926, he married Elsie Amey. In 1938, Frank became an elder of the Presbyterian Church at Maffra.
This is an extract from Patrick Ferry’s book A Century After The Guns Fell Silent – Remembering the Pakenham District’s WWI Diggers 1914-18.
For more details on this and other profiles in the book, head to the website www.pakenhamww1.com