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Francis Charles GRIMSLEY

Date of birth11 August 1883
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Hastings', Bridge Street, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, Francis Grimsley, 'Hastings', Bridge Street, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF36
Promotion date: 20 May 1916


Unit: INF34
Promotion date: 30 August 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Marrieres Wood on 30 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 27 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 30th August 1918, near Marsieres Wood, after his company commander had become a casualty. He took command of the company and gained a footing in the left part of the wood, but was driven out in a counter attack. After re-organizing his company he again attacked, and re-established the line. He set a fine example of coolness and judgment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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