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Francis Walter FRY

Regimental number63
Date of birth26 April 1893
Place of birthStone Hut, South Australia
SchoolPort Germein Public School, South Australia
Address6 Charlotte Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Fry, Eighth Street, Port Pirie, South Australia
Previous military service24th Light Horse
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During operations near MERRIS on night 22/23rd July 1918, Private FRY, when Company runner, carried messages all night from Company Headquarters to forward patrols and posts through heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire. His courage and determination were of the utmost value to the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front (injured, December 1916), invalided to England; recovered and returned to duty.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 May 1954

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