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Frederick Victor MATTHEWS

Regimental number2408
Place of birthFitzroy Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address11 Yarra Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinEdith E Matthews, 11 Yarra Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 1st September, 19818 at the capture of MT. ST. QUENTIN this man's stretcher bearing was marked by singular coolness and determination. He was undeterred by the heaviest fire and was responsible for a large number of wounded being brought in he set a fine example to all stretcher bearers and worked continuously from 6 a.m. to midnight. In the initial stages of the attack, when the machine gun and artillery fire was intense, he coolly dressed wounded and carried them out over extremely exposed country. Again on the following day although two stretcher bearers were killed alongside him he continued carrying wounded and dressing their wounds in the most exposed positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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