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Frances Henry CASSELLS

Regimental number278
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCairns PO, Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Casells, Mount Elliott, Queensland
Enlistment date4 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 1 May 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 10 May 1918


Recommendation date: "Refers September 1917-February 1918"

FateDied of wounds 21 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary CASSELLS, Selwyn, Cloncurry, Queensland. Native of Mount Morgan, Queensland

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918. When the Infantry were compelled to withdraw and three of his gun team had been wounded, thus losing the gun and gear, he went out alone to within a few yards of the enemy and recovered his gun and brought it back. He returned a second time and recovered his tripod and spare parts wallet. Throughout the attack he displayed wonderful coolness and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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