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Francis Jacob McEWAN

Regimental number531
Place of birthHomebush Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHotel manager
AddressLower Homebush, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs L E McEwan, Homebush, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous ability and gallant conduct during operations South of Messines during 7 to 9 June 1917.'
Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the 7th/8th and 9th June, 1917, during operations south of MESSINES, for conspicuous ability and gallant conduct. Oly two Officers remaining with his Battalion, this N.C.O. was instrumental in leading his men to their objectives under the most trying circumstances. By his determination and personal courage he inspired great confidence in his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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