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Russell Pierse FRASER

Regimental number3522
Place of birthCressy, Victoria
AddressWeering via Colac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, John Fraser, Weering via Colac, Victoria
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Military Medal

'At 2.30 p.m. on 24th September [1917] he was stretcher bearer attached to a party constructing roads between BELLEWAARDE RIDGE and WESTHOEK. Enemy shelled the section intensely for a time and there was only shell hole cover. Pte Cons [?] being wounded, Pte Fraser deliberately applied field dressings and then took the wounded man to the Dressing Station. Pte Fraser's cool conduct had an excellent effect on the remainder of the men. The working parties have been more or less shelled every day, and on each occasion this man's excellent behaviour showed a good example to the other men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'When party was returning along sap from work on night of 7th May a wounded man was seen lying in the open south of the railway embankment at Bullecourt. Pte Fraser was with his officer at rear of the party & volunteered to get assistance and bring the man in. Shelling was heavy at the time, but Fraser persisted in his attempts, obtained help and a stretcher, to get the man to Dressing Station though he himself got wounded in the back.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 March 1978
Place of burialNerang Cemetery, Queensland

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