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Frederick William CORNISH

Regimental number3361
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
Address6 Argyle Street, Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W J Cornish, 6 Argyle Street, Leederville, Western Australia
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 26th September, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE whilst working with Brigade Forward Party he showed conspicuous coolness and courage in carrying out duties allotted to him. Hew volunteered to return to a position from which just previously the party had been blown out by enemy shell fire to salvage some signalling instruments left behind. He carried out his job with great bravery it being necessary for him to cross ground swept by enemy snipers, and to enter the position mentioned which was at the time still being shelled heavily by the enemy. His brave action was instrumental in saving much valuable material and enabling the party to establish again.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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