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Donovan Frank LUETCHFORD

Regimental number745
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Luetchford, Shenton Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 December 1916

FateKilled in Action 3 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Believed to Be Buried in Plot III, Row K, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Alice LUETCHFORD, Melville Street, Claremont, Western Australia. Native of Brixton, London, England

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and devotion to duty under trying weather conditions on a dangerous post during operations at GUEUDECOURT in November, 1916. This Corporal was in charge of observation posts in WHALE TRENCH and was untiring in his vigilance maintaining day and night an unceasing vigil with the result that his information brought about the dispersal with heavy losses of enemy working party on 26th/27th November, 1916. His untiring energy and cheerful disposition were great factors in maintaining the spirits of his men and his example in working to improve trench conditions in his intervals off watch, added greatly to the comfort and endurance of his men.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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