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Francis George BRADSHAW

Regimental number6727
Place of birthEganstown, Victoria
AddressCorona, Shaw Street, Coolgardie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, George Bradshaw, Corona, Shaw Street, Coolgardie, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations near BELLICOURT between the 29th September/1st October 1918 Lance Sergeant BRADSHWAW displayed the highest degree of gallantry, courage and initiative. He was the leader of a Lewis Gun team and by his coolness and cheery manner kept his men under good control and set a splendid example to them. Lance Sergeant BRADSHAW also gave his Platoon Commander most valuable assistance in retaining connection on the right of his Company. On the morning of the 29th September during the advance through fog and a very heavy shell fire he maintained his position exactly and rendered valuable services to his Company. He also greatly assisted a Company of the 30th Battalion on the 1st October while they were moving on JONCOURT by personally taking one of his Lewis Gun Crews out about 300 Yards in advance of our front line and engaging an enemy machine gun crew which was holding up some of the advancing troops. As a consequence of this action the advance immediately continued. Lance Sergeant BRADSHAW's services were again very valuable the same night, when although very fatigued he took charge of a patrol and succeeded in regaining connection with English Troops on the right flank who had pushed forward about 200 Yards.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [1722] Captain Raymond Dacre BRADSHAW, 11th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 December 1971

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