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Frank William FAY

Date of birth19 January 1892
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
Address'The Hawthorns', Brougham Place, East Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, F E Fay, 'The Hawthorns', Brougham Place, East Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceA Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain (Medical Officer)
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Head-Quarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Promotions

Captain


Unit: No 14 Field Ambulance
Promotion date: 14 April 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

Military Cross (Mentioned)


Recommendation date: 3 March 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 24 May 1918

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 28 September 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of the transport and evacuation of wounded from the divisional main dressing station. The station was twice hit by shells, but he succeeded in clearing all wounded, exposing himself in bringing up ambulance cars and showing great energy and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He was in charge of motor ambulances, and before moving them forward he reconnoitrd the roads at considerable risk in his car. He remained on duty continuously for four days, exploring each route and opening up new tracks for each successive advance. By his untiring zeal and devotion to duty he enabled the evacuation of the wounded of two divisions to be smoothly continued.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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