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Patrick Frederick HIRST

Regimental number58
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
SchoolCooks Hill Superior Public School, Newcastle, New South Wales
Other trainingTechnical College, Newcastle, NSW
OccupationMechanical engineer
Addressc/o YMCA, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, - Hirst, c/o YMCA, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 June 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed the greater portion of his Apprenticeship with Morts Dock Engineering Co., Sydney and enlisted from their employ.' (Details from Father)
FateKilled in Action 25 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given names Percy Frederick on Nominal Roll
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death44
Place of burialPozieres British Cemetery (Plot III, Row H, Grave No. 15), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Diana HIRST, "Renduri", Russell Avenue, Wahroonga, New South Wales. Native of Bundaberg, Queensland

Military Medal

'Landed at Anzac on the 25th April 1915 and has been with his unit since that date. He had charge of very responsible work and displayed great courage and coolness under heavy shellfire on several occasions. He has been working in the trenches contonually since this unit has been in France and has carried out his duties in a most satisfactory and efficient manner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2nd Lt Arthur Havelock HIRST, 54th Bn, discharged, 12 February 1917 (wounded but recovered, Pozi?res, France).

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