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Frank Alfred George NEWLAND

Regimental number776
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMarshalltown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMarshalltown, Victoria
Enlistment date24 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's trenches near DERNANCOURT, South West of ALBERT, on the night of June 30th /July 1st 1918. Sergeant NEWLANDS was in charge of the Right party and showed great courage and leadership. He rushed the trench when the barrage lifted, and engaged in a hand to hand conflict with two of the enemy in a dugout. Both Germans were armed with bayonets and stick grenades and they put up a strenuous fight until Sergeant NEWLANDS inflicted a bayonet wound in one of them, and both then surrendered. This N.C.O. then organised a party of stretcher bearers to carry in our wounded, and himself assisted in carrying, making three trips to and from the enemy trench.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 August 1965

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