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Frederick Charles GARNER

Regimental number1355
Date of birth--/06/1890
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
Address384 Graham Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Edward Garner, 384 Graham Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 4 MG Coy
Promotion date: 26 April 1917


Unit: 4 MG Coy
Promotion date: 18 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 11th April 1917 near BULLECOURT Sergeant GARNER was in charge of two guns which he had successfully mounted in a commanding position in our front line and displayed excellent qualities as a machine gun Sergeant in bringing his fire to bear on retreating enemy. On his position becoming untenable he directed the retirement of his men across an exposed piece of ground successfully, into the rear lines, where he made all preparations for further resistance, which, being impossible when the retirement commenced, he put his gun out of action before abandoning it. This Non Commissioned Officer is hereby recommended for his devotion to duty and distinguished conduct throughout the whole operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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