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Francis Douglas BURRELL

Regimental number23
Place of birthBurwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address239 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs E M Burrell, 239 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentShoeing Smith
Unit name1st Signal Troop (1st Light Horse Brigade)
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A10 Karroo on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 June 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 November 1917


Mention in Despatches awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 30169, 6 July 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174, 11 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 11 January 1917 (Also 26 January 1917)

FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He established and maintained telephone communication during an action under heavy shell fire, showing great fearlessness throughout'.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action during the 2nd Battle of GAZA on 19th April 1917 in laying and maintaining telephone communication with the Regiment holding BAIKET EL SANA. This N.C.O. laid this line under heavy shell fire while the enemy were searching the Western slope of BAIKET EL KSANA for led horses, and during the day repaired the line which had been broken by direct hits in several places, under heavy enemy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 July 1965
Place of burialBoxhill Cemetery

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