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Henry Thomas FRANCEY

Regimental number5011
Place of birthCoorparoo, Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Francey, Bennett Road, Cooparoo, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date8 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "26-30 September1917"

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary FRANCEY
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD - East of YPRES - during operations from 26th/30th September 1917, this man performed the duties of a runner with the greatest gallantry. He passed through the enemy barrage carrying important dispatches on several occasions, and was very useful in guiding ration and ammunition parties to the Trench Mortar guns on his return journeys.. With the utmost promptitude and fearlessness he successfully moved through a very heavy barrage of gas shells, and safely carried a valuable report on the situation to Brigade headquarters only a few minutes after the taking of the final objective. His magnificent example inspired his comrades with renewed energy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 June 1941
Age at death45
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Queensland

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