Alexander John FRASER

Date of birth20 August 1892
OccupationButter maker
Address'Kintail', Simpson Street, Kyneton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Fraser, 'Kintail', Simpson Street, Kyneton, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF40 MGO
Promotion date: 6 March 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Magnificent conduct and bravery at Messines on 7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of two machine guns, the crews of which were suffering heavy casualties. He rushed forward alone with a gun to a hedge, from which most of the hostile fire was being directed. Although seriously wounded, on reaching his objective he opened fire upon the enemy, which he kept up for over fifteen minutes, thereby considerably reducing the hostile fire which was directed upon our advancing troops. Throughout the operation he displayed splendid determination and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal