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Frederick Francis GROCOTT

Regimental number5371
Place of birthYass New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMurrumbateman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, M Grocott ,Burrowa, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: "5 and 11 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the operations near Bellicourt, from 30 September to 2 October, 1918, he displayed great courage and initiative in his capacity as a No. 1 Lewis gunner. Early in the attack, he, with his gun team, rushed an enemy strong post which was holding up the advance, and killed or wounded the entire garrison and captured three guns. During a strong enemy counter attack he stood up on the parapet and holding his gun up to his shoulder, caused heavy casualties, being largely responsible for the dispersing of the attack. His splendid example greatly inspired all the men of his company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 September 1973
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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