Frederick James GURNEY

Regimental number3773
Place of birthBurwood New South Wales
AddressHornsby, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J E Gurney, William Street, Hornsby, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the advance near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917, the Company of which he was a member was engaged digging a communication trench from the old front line to the 1st Objective, when Sergeant GURNEY's Platoon Commander became a casualty. GURNEY realised the vital importance of the task, and displayed great coolness and initiative by the manner in which he took over command of his Platoon and saw the work through to a successful conclusion. He has at all times set a splendid example by his bravery and cheerfulness in spite of adverse conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal