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Francis Douglas Ernest Aloysius ASKER

Regimental number6383
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address168 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, W Asker, 618 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date14 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

Conspicuous galantry and devotion to duty. (East of Ypres 4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 13 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near ZONNEBEKE east of YPRES, on 4th October, 1917, this N.C.O. rushed a Machine Gun crew and despite resistance killed the crew and put the gun out of action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5786 Pte Gerald Alphonsus ASKER, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 August 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 January 1970

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