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Francis James Vickers JEFFREY

Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs F Jeffrey, Radstock Street, Woodville Park Kilkenny, South Australia
Enlistment date26 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 February 1918

Military Medal

'This man is a runner and on the morning of the 11th April 1917 after the attack on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT had succeeded, he volunteered to bring a dispatch from the lines to Battalion Headquarters, across "No Man's Land" which was heavily barraged with Artillery and constantly swept with Machine Gun fire. When he volunteered he knew he had very little chance of getting through as so many others who had made the attempt had been shot down. He also did excellent work in the attack and subsequently in the trenches after the objectives had been secured. He is recommended for distinction.'

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