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Frederick DALE

Regimental number3718
Place of birthNorth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressMarunga PO via Shepparton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFriend, H. Fletcher, Marunga PO via Shepparton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mary Ann DALE of Moonah, Tasmania, and the late Thomas DALE. Native of Whittlesea, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 702 Pte George Thomas DALE, 5th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to join, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Missing in action, reported wounded, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

File has notation: 'Presumed to be buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J90 43 to 5K 0 2 5 1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, 7 September 1921: ' ... he was in the Big Battle on Somme on the 19 of July 1916 wounded and they were not to take any of the [?] in from the field for 48 hours as the Germans Batted [bayonetted?] him and berried him alive, were he fell this is the story I got from the field from a mate of his the name was Fellows. I burnt the letter about a week before I got yours excuse me.'
Miscellaneous detailsAttestation Form notes 'bent toe R foot'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DALE Frederick

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