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Frank GILLETT

Regimental number445
Place of birthWest Perth Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCnr Fitzgerald and Newcastle Streets, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Townley Gillett, cnr Fitzgerald and Newcastle Streets, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military service86th Infantry
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 February 1919

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, in the HINDENBURG LINE, he led a bombing attack against the enemy and succeeded in capturing a considerable length of trench in spite of strong enemy resistance. He has always proved to be a capable Non Commissioned Officer showing great initiative and personal bravery and has been a splendid example to the men in his Company. On the 25th August, 1918, near CYLON WOOD, he went forward in broad daylight with two others and assisted in the capture of 37 prisoners. This Non Commissioned Officer has been with the Battalion since it first landed in France, and has taken part in all its operations except during a period from 1st October, 1917 to 28th February 1918, showing coolness and courage throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 937 Pte Albert Ernest GILLETT, 32nd Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; 3815 Pte Charles Henry GILLETT, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919; 7478 Pte Townley GILLETT, 44th Bn, returned to Australia, 3 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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