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Frederick Charles McCOY

Regimental number1246
Place of birthRichmond Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBootmaker
Address200 Church Street, North Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, John McCoy, 200 Church Street, North Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Bray on 24 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 24th August, 1918, near BRAY, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Knowing that all lines to Companies were broken he volunteered to look out for signals. He observed a message rocket fall short about 600 yards away on a ridge. He had to cross a valley through a thick barrage of heavies, shrapnel, and gas with which the enemy was continuously treating the valley, but managed to recover the rocket containing valuable information. During the whole of the day Private McCOY, who was a batman, worked indefatigably sorting ammunition, detonating bombs, and distributing rations, and showed a total disregard of personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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