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Theo Herman FRENCH

Regimental number6022
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
Address185 Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs A French, 22 Collins Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On four separate occasions he crept out to the enemy lines at great personal risk and brought back reliable information. He was also most prominent in two bombing attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917, Corporal FRENCH gallantly led his Section to attack a strong point by a rush, killing and wounding the enemy occupying the place. This enabled his Company to continue their advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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