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Frederick Ernest PARSONS

Regimental number3194
Date of birth--/07/1890
Place of birthDeloraine Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationTeacher
AddressNabowla, North Eastern, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, A Parsons, Turners Marsh, Tasmania
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF47
Promotion date: 28 March 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF45
Promotion date: 24 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For marked courage and determined leadership during the attack west of Bellenglise on 18th September 1918. He led his company through heavy enemy barrage, and dealt with several nests of machine guns, killing or capturing the crews and taking the guns. Thd right flank having become dangerously exposed, he led his reserve platoon against the enemy, who were massing there for a counter attack and took 120 prisoners and captured several machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3195 Pte Henry James PARSONS, 47th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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