Frederick Vivian Ernest TOLL

Year of Birth:  1895

Place of Birth:  Charters Towers, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  26 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  16 April 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Kyarra A55

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):   15th Australian Infantry Battalion – 1 to 23 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  1908

Died:  8 August 1915 – Gallipoli


Private Frederick Toll – photo courtesy State Library Qld


Frederick was born Frederick Vivian Ernest Edward Toll on the 7 July 1895 to Frederick William Toll and Emma Bone. He had a sister Stella Maud born c 1898.  His mother Emma died in 1901. His father became Lieutenant Colonel Toll of the 31st Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade.

On his enlistment in Cairns, Frederick was 19 years 6 months of age, his occupation was a clerk and next of kin his father F. W. Toll in active service Tropical Force and mother, Mrs Toll of Charters Towers. He height was 5 feet 6 inches, weighed 119 pounds with sallow complexion, dark brown eyes and black hair. He gave his religion as Church of England.

Frederick also served in the 2nd Far North Kennedy Regiment as a Sergeant, known as the Dirty 500. Members of the Dirty 500, including Frederick, landed on Thursday Island on 16 August 1914 from the troopship “Kanowna”, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. An incident on board the “Kanowna” involving the firemen forced the immediate return of the troops to Townsville on 18 August 1914.

It was recorded that he was wounded on the 8 August 1915, then missing on the same date, then changed to Killed in Action.

Frederick Vivian Toll was declared killed in action in the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 8th August 1915 after a Court of enquiry that was held at Serapeum on the 6th, 8th and 23rd April 1916.  There is no known grave but he is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 50), Gallipoli, Turkey.

Toll Close, Mareeba is named in his honour.


HMAT Kyarra A55 – Photo Courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA B2455



Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Kyarra A55, Australian War Memorial

Photograph: Frederick Vivian Toll, State Library of Qld

NAA: B2455, Toll Frederick Vivian, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Mapping our Anzac History – Mareeba Shire Council


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