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Francis John FLEET

Regimental number594
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWyandra, Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Fleet, Wyandra, Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Medaille Militaire

Recommendation date: 15 January 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 19 January 1917

Military Medal (Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal )

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He commanded his company with great skill during the consolidation of the final objective. He organized the ammunition supply, and arranged the wiring of the position under intense artillery fire. He set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Legion d'Honneur: Medaille Militaire (France)

'A member of the original Battalion; wounded at GALLIPOLI 30th May, 1915. Has been through all the fighting in FRANCE. He was noticed for his courageous behaviour and powers of leadership during operations in vicinity of MOUQUET FARM during periods 5th/10th August and 27th/29th August, 1916, and particularly for his determined fighting on the night of 8th/9th August, 1916, in an attack on the enemy trenches when although wounded he remained and materially assisted in repulsing enemy counter attack. He has been previously recommended, but has not received any reward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Medaille Militaire, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 September 1950

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