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Frederick George HIGHAM

Regimental number3061
Place of birthAdelong New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGundagai, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, F R Higham, Darbalara via Gundagai, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 9 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919

Military Medal

'On 4th July, 1918, in the operation against VAIRE WOOD, east of CORBIE, Sergeant HIGHAM's platoon leader became a casualty early in the advance. HIGHAM assumed command and led his men to the final objective with great skill and daring. At one point an enemy machine gun was encountered. Acting with promptness and decision, HIGHAM, followed by a party of his men, charged and captured the gun, taking several prisoners. Upon reaching the ultimate objective his work in directing and supervising the consolidation was particularly good. Throughout the operation Sergeant HIGHAM displayed exceptional courage and controlling ability.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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