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Frederick William WOOSNAM

Regimental number653
Place of birthMalmsbury, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address28 Durham Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Woosnam, 28 Durham Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. Skilful leadership and conspicuous bravery. His Platoon Commander was killed at the first objective and this N.C.O. immediately re-organised the Platoon and took charge just after it had captured an enemy strong point. He then led the Platoon overcoming all enemy resistance to the final objective, where he consolidated. He also reorganised parties of prisoners which his Platoon had captured to carry in our wounded. Although working without orders he rendered full reports on his position to the O.C. and kept touch with the flanks. This N.C.O. by his courage and dash set a splendid example to the men of his command, he himself killing several of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Discharge date18 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 1 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 18 October 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as WOOSMAN.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WOOSNAM Frederick William

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