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Joseph Wilson FRANCIS

Regimental number9661
Place of birthWellington Point Queensland
ReligionBaptist
OccupationCarpenter
AddressPerkins Street, Sandgate, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Francis, Flinders Parade, Sandgate, Queensland
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Field Ambulance, 10th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Immediate)


Recommendation date: 11 November 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in going out and carrying wounded to positions of safety when the battery was subjected to heavy shell fire. When his dug out was struck and destroyed by a shell, killing two and wounding twelve of the party, although receiving a severe shock himself, he dressed the wounded under fire, and refused to take cover until ordered to do so. Although gassed, he voluntarily remained at the battery position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 7 August 1918

Date of death9 March 1951
Place of burialMt Thompson Crematorium

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