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Ferdinand George MEDCALF

Regimental number1048
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLicensed surveyor
AddressMoore Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, F.J. Medcalf, Moore Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years (Sergeant) in State School Cadets, Claremont; 1.5 years (Lieutenant), Scotch College Cadets, Claremont, Western Australia.
Enlistment date6 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 October 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Unit name11th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1917
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry when, in leading his company in an attack, he put the crew of a hostile machine gun out of action with a bomb and captured the gun. He showed unfailing courage and resource in holding captured ground. When wounded in three places and unable to walk, he ordered the stretcher bearers to take up a seriously wounded man and to leave him to crawl to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Promoted corporal, 5 May 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 26 May 1915.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 1 July 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 18 August 1915 (diarrhoea and colic); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 19 August 1915; to Egypt, 25 August 1915, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 25 August 1915; to Convalescent Hospital, Alexandria, 20 September 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 10 October 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 17 October 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 9 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916.

Promoted Captain, 17 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as METCALF .
SourcesNAA: B2455, MEDCALF Ferdinand George

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