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Frank Melrose KLEMM

Regimental number4774
Place of birthN/A South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressJondaryan, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Louisa Hermina Klemm, Jondaryan, Queensland
Enlistment date20 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Warfusee-Abancourt on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man, as No. 1 of a Lewis gun, handled it with great skill, pushing forward and attacking a hostile machine gun post, killing two of the crew and capturing the remainder. The following day, he pushed his gun forward into "No Man's Land" and by his fire covered the advance of another battalion. Although his gun was plastered by bullets, he kept it in action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 May 1975
Place of burialAlbany Creek Crematorium

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