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Francis Edward FAIRWEATHER

Date of birth20 September 1891
Place of birthMoonee Ponds Victoria
SchoolRockhampton Grammar School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPublic accountant
Address15 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie M Fairweather, Milton, Cape Street, Heidelberg, Victoria
Previous military service54th Infantry; Served as a Lieutenant in the 54th Battalion, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Promotions

Captain


Unit: 38th Battalion
Promotion date: 30 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (Awarded Bar to Military Cross)


Recommendation date: 3 March 1918

FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingBony, near St Quentin, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialTempleux-le-Guerard British Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 41), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
129
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie Mabel FAIRWEATHER, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Victoria
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed fine qualties of leadership, greatly encouraging his men by his cheerfulness. It was mainly due to his skill that an enemy machine gun and its crew, which was inflicting heavy casualties on his company, were captured. He has on many occasions displayed great courage and ability.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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