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John James FRASER

Regimental number3015
Place of birthYarram Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs C A Fraser, Morwell, Victoria
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column (Sept-Oct 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Valuable services in assisting to extinguish dump fire, showing conspicuous courage and dvotion to duty.'
Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 November 1918

Military Medal

'At INFERNO DUMP, North of ZILLEBEKE on the night of 27th October, 1917, the N.C.O. and two men named [FRASER and 3257 William Henry SUTHERLAND] were on Guard at this Dump and at about 9.0'clock p.m. it was set on fire by an enemy incendiary shell. Although several boxes of ammunition had exploded they started to put out the fire by throwing burning boxes into shell holes full of water and by pouring water on the dump which was alight in several places. After much exertion, and with the assistance of the remaining members of Y.I.A. Battery, (the party in charge of the dump) who quickly came to their assistance, the fire was extinguished. The three mentioned men were utterly fearless in a time of great danger, showing splendid courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Date of death6 February 1962
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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