Neaves, Frederick John
He was born Ultimo Sydney New South Wales, the son of Elizabeth Henrietta Neaves but living and working as a motor mechanic in Richmond Tasmania when he enlisted.
He was serving with the 22nd Company Australian Machine Gun Corps when he was killed in action 7th October 1917 and is commemorated ion the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Mr and Mrs W J Neaves, of Richmond have received the following letter from General Birdwood in reply to their request for information regarding their only son who left Tasmania on active service in December, 1916
"I regret to have to inform you that your boy was killed when fighting near Passchendaele in October last I fully realise what a great blow this will have been to yon, and I deeply svmpathise with you and your husband in the loss of your only boy, which is indeed irreparable I do hope that you will be afforded some consolation in knowing that your boy proved himself a real brave soldier and that he willingly gave his life fighting gallantly for his King and country. 1 have ascertained that the personal effects of your boy have been received at our Base Office, and will be returned to you in due course With my kind regards and again my deep sympathy, (Signed) Birdwood "
The Mercury 12th March 1918
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