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Frederick Howard GORWELL

Regimental number8371
Place of birthBenella Victoria
AddressSamaria Road, Benalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, C E Gorwell, Samaria Road, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 13 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 18 November 1918

Military Medal

'On the night of 20th/21st July, 1917, near MESSINES, Private GORWELL, with three other stretcher bearers succeeded under an intense shell fire in carrying two severely wounded men to an Advanced Regimental Aid Post. Hearing that there was still a wounded man lying out in the open, Private GORWELL returned alone under heavy shell fire to search for the wounded man and with the assistance of an Infantryman succeeded in getting the casualty to a dug out where he attended to him, ultimately getting him back to the Regimental Aid Post. Private GORWELL displayed gallantry and showed an utter disregard for personal risk.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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