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Frank Valentine PARKER

Regimental number263
Place of birthDandenong Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationShop assistant
AddressAndersons Creek, Ringwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J J Parker, Andersons Creek, Ringwood, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Mont St.Quentin on 1 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

During the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN North of PERONNE on 1st September 1918 these Non-Commissioned Officers [PARKER and 1581 H.C. FINNIS] went forward with the attacking troops, laying a telephone wire as they went. They selected an excellent position for a forward Report Centre and by strenuous work and personal disregard of danger they soon established communication with the Companies. The lines were continually cut, but, regardless of artillery and machine gun fire, and very severe sniping, they maintained the lines for the two following days, working day and night to do so. The excellent communications enjoyed by the Battalion throughout the operation were almost entirely due to their personal pluck and splendid endurance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

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Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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