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Francis William MAHER

Regimental number3845
Place of birthCamberwell Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address111 Simpson Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, C Maher, 17 Albert Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 4th to 11th October, 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of a machine gun. He was wounded but refused to leave his post. His gun position was blown in by shell fire and he showed great coolness and ability in constructing a new position under very heavy shell fire and in getting his gun and men forward into it. His conduct throughout was splendid and his cheerful behaviour and fine exhibition of courage and endurance were a great example to his men and no doubt prevented the weaker ones from giving way under the continual strain.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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