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Percy O'Connor FRIEND

Regimental number1916
Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
SchoolColeraine State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressColeraine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Joseph F. Friend, Coleraine, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 September 1916

FateKilled in Action 3 April 1918
Place of death or woundingMillencourt, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialMillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Row B, Grave No. 37), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph Frederick and Bridget Agnes FRIEND, Coleraine, Victoria

Military Medal

'At POZIERES during the night 9th/10th August, 1916. Private FRIEND passed three times through a very heavy enemy barrage carrying messages from front line to Battalion Headquarters. The work of this man was throughout excellent and he showed great coolness and pluck.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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