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Herbert William FRANKS

Regimental number4383
Place of birthParkes New South Wales
OccupationLoco cleaner and fireman
AddressTichborne via Parkes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Franks, Tichborne via Parkes, New South Wales
Previous military service41st Infantry
Enlistment date16 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 3 Australian General Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 15 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Broodseinde on 7 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty under trying circumstances. At BROODSEINDE on night of 7th inst. the R.A.P. was destroyed by a shell and although a heavy bombardment was being carried out and stretcher bearers were killed he devoted his attention to the stretcher cases and had them quickly removed to a safer position. During the subsequent operations he was untiring in the discharge of his duties and rendered very valuable assistance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 August 1977

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