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Francis Eugene McDONALD

Regimental number2958
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolAlbert Park School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBread carter
AddressLisarow, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Teresa McDonald, Davis Town, Woy Woy, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Francis and Frank
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death34
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At one period during the advance West of BELLENGLISE on the 18th September, 1918, the enemy was observed endeavouring to pull out his batteries from the gun pits with horse transport. This N.C.O. who was in charge of a lewis gun section promptly rushed his section forward in spite of heavy fire, and shot the horse teams, thus enabling the guns to be captured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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