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Frederick JASPER

Regimental number3564
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressBarwon Heads, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Christina Bensch, Barwon Heads, Victoria
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Train
FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919

Military Medal

'WYTSCHAETE Operations. On 20th March 1918 during a very heavy bombardment with gas and H.E. Private JASPER worked the whole of the time with Gas Cases and on the same night worked for six hours as a Stretcher Bearer in his Gas Helmet. He was instrumental in saving the lives of several of his comrades. SAILLY-le-SEC Operations. During these operations he carried three wounded men in from No Man's Land under very heavy Machine gun and artillery fire. On the 15th May 1918 a British Aeroplane crashed into No Man's Land and in broad daylight Private JASPER with another man went out and brought the wounded Aviator in.MORLANCOURT Operations. During the advance at Morlancourt on 28th July 1918 he carried in wounded continuously for 8 hours. Artillery barrages were intense throughout.VAUVILLERS 8th/9th August 1918. On 9th August three men were wounded whilst advancing from one mound to another. The Machine gun fire was intense and scarcely a man got through but Private JASPER went out and brought the three men in to shelter. ETERPIGNY Operations 28th/29th August 1918. On 29th August 1918 Private JASPER went out under point blank artillery fire and intense Machine Gun fire and carried three seriously wounded men to shelter.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 3378 Pte Bernard JASPER, 58th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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