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Frederick James BAXTER

Regimental number708
Date of birth17 July 1892
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressLeichhardt, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Baxter, Leichhardt, Victoria
Enlistment date25 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name38th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 38th Battalion
Promotion date: 17 May 1917


Unit: 38th Battalion
Promotion date: 13 September 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 16 August 1918

Distinguished Service Order (altered to Bar to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance this officer skilfully organized and led an attack on an enemy strong post, capturing one officer and twenty eight other ranks. His work throughout was up to a high standard of efficiency.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and organizing capacity near Proyart on 10th August 1918. He had a storming party under heavy machine gun fire, took the position, capturing twenty five prisoners and two machine guns, and recovered two of our anti-tank guns. He held the position for three hours with only four men, and for nine hours longer when seven more men helped him. On other occasions he was always in the thick of the fighting capturing more machine guns and silencing a "whizz-bang" gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 June 1921
Age at death28

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