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Francis Joseph VANSTAN

Regimental number2677
Place of birthMoyston Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressVanstan, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinG Vanstan, Moyston, Victoria
Enlistment date12 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollRegimental Quartermaster Sergaent
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'A most capable and efficient R.Q.M. Sergeant who has shown exceptional devotion to duty under all circumstances. During the period September 1918, his Battalion was in the line in the vicinity of PERONNE. In the absence of a regular Battalion Quarter Master, this Warrant Officer bore the brunt of the responsibility for regulating the whole of the supply of the Battalion, and despite the many difficulties occasioned by enemy shell-fire and bombing activity, succeeded in the highest degree in maintaining a smooth and efficient service and with a minimum amount of inconenience to the troops. Again while the Battalion was resting in the month September-October, 1918, R.Q.M.S. VANSTON by his energy greatly facilitiated the comfort and well-being of the troops, by reason of the excellent arrangements he made and good continued judgment shown by him. R.Q.M.S. VANSTON has long service both in the line and subsequently in the Q.M. branch, and has always succeeded in a marked degree in reaching a very high standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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