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Frederick WILSON

Regimental number4571
Place of birthEdinburgh Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPastrycooks assistant
AddressRawson Avenue, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Wilson, Tynecastle, Rawson Avenue, Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations against the HINDENBURG Line near NOREUIL on the 3rd/4th May, these men [WILSON, 1370 S. EDWARDS, and 4070 H.W. BROWN] acted as Stretcher bearers despite the extremely heavy shell fire, Machine Gun fire and sniping. They carried on with their work of recovering the wounded with the utmost coolness and determination even though two of the original party were wounded. Private EDWARDS acted as leader and was particularly courageous. They were instrumental in saving numbers of our wounded who would otherwise have perished from shell fire. These men have been previously recommended for excellent work in other operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 November 1963
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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