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Francis John WILLEY

Regimental number4061
Place of birthTruro England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, John Willey, Kea, near Truro, Cornwall, England
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 29th and 30th September and 1st October in the advance through BELLICOURT this man was employed as a runner on Battalion Headquarters. For three days and nights he carried on with little or no rest, and displayed a perseverance and initiative of a very high standard. At a critical stage of the advance under heavy artillery and machine gun fire he delivered despatches which were of vital importance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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