Frederick WilliamAitkins Veness
Serial No. 6944
2nd Light Horse Regiment & 2nd Division Signal Company
Frederick WilliamAitkins Veness - Information
Frederick was born in Camden in 1893 to Arthur Henry and Jane Veness.481 He grew up in Camden, and when the war began was living at Gowan Brae on Hayley St in Lithgow. Here, he supported himself working as a telegraphist. Frederick then decided to enlist in the AIF on the 19th of August 1915 in Lithgow. He commenced his training and was made a Sapper with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment. Before he was sent overseas, he married his girlfriend, Pearl Annie Sandill, whom lived on Cook St in Lithgow. He farewelled his new bride, as he departed Sydney on the 11th of February 1916 on the HMAT Orsova.
Frederick disembarked in Egypt and joined the Engineer Training Depot Signal Section at Tel-el-Kebir Camp in mid April. He was admitted to hospital, and upon release was allotted to the 2nd Division Signal Company. The following month, he was transported to France. Unluckily, after he arrived, he was admitted to hospital in Marseilles with the measles. He returned to duty and was appointed Acting Corporal on the 24th of June. He was promoted Lance Corporal on the 2nd of March 1917, however, reverted to Sapper in January 1918. After the war ended, he remained with his unit until he was sent back to Australia in May 1919.