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Frederick Ernest HEITMANN

Regimental number4808
AddressMemsie via Bridgewate on Loddon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Mr F Heitmann, Memsie via Bridgewater on Loddon, Victoria
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the advance of the 15th Australian Brigade in the operations EAST of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX the two signallers Private [3684] R.A. WILSON and F.E. HEITMANN displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations of the 8th of August a telephone line was laid to connect the final objective with rear Battalion station. This line was of the utmost service to Brigade and was frequently cut by the hostile shelling. The enemy kept up constant bombardment on the captured area with 8 inch shells and swept the forward area with machine gun fire. These two men repeatedly went out under this fire and effected repairs to the line. Again on the morning of the 9th August after a sleepless night they several times repeated the performance and restored communication at a critical time when a new advance had commenced and news of it was of great value. Their disregard of personal safety and devotion to duty merit recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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