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Frank McDONALD

Regimental number940
Place of birthWarracknabeal, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressKellalac, via Murtoa, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.25"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs F Roberts, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKerang,Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name7th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Conspicuous bravery at Pozieres, 25 July 1916.'
Recommendation date: "Unspecified

Mention in Despatches


'Inspiring example of conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.' (Near Ypres 20-22 September 1917.)
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in repulsing an enemy attack, when, his officer being wounded, he had assumed c ommand of the platoon. He showed great bravery and fine powers of leadership, under heavy fire, in organizing a counter attack and in consolidating the position gained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date6 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 13 April 1918; discharged (medically unfit: gassed), Melbourne, 6 August 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 August 1962
Place of burialCheltenham Memorial Park Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONALD Frank

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