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William Charles FRANCIS

Regimental number851
Date of birth2 October 1888
Place of birthHarlow, Essex, United Kingdom
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStudent
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinW Francis, Harlow, Essex, England
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 3 May 1915

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).
Recommendation date: 14 May 1915

FateReturned to Australia 7 November 1915
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 3rd May, 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for great bravery in removing wounded from the trenches to a dressing station over ground swept by machine gun fire.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 6545
Date: 3 July 1915

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Re-enlisted on 19 August 1916 (4th Class, Chaplains Corps) sailing from Melbourne, Victoria per HMAT A59, 'Botanist', on 24 August 1916.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death11 April 1963 - Lane Cove, New South Wales
Age at death74

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