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Fred Wilfred AINLEY

Regimental number3346
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address44 Cardigan Terrace, Jolimont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, W Ainley, 44 Cardigan Terrace, Jolimont, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 26 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For conspicuous good work and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. since 25th February 1918 to 16th September 1918 has been doing duty as Brigade Section Mechanic, and has carried out his duties, under very adverse circumstances in a highly efficient manner. At Hamel on 4th July 1918 and Chipilly on 10th August 1918 he when all linesmen were out on faults went out and mended breaks under heavy shellfire. His work has been characterised at all times by great cheerfulness and has set a splendid example to the men of his section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2287 Pte Arthur Edward AINLEY, 44th Bn, killed in action, 10 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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