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Fritz Newton BASEDOW

Regimental number260
Place of birthCaltowie, South Australia
SchoolCaltowie Public School, South Australia; St Peter's Collegiate School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressHigh Street, Kensington, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.75"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eleanor Mary Basedow, High Street, Kensington, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularLeft Australia 18 November 1915 as a machine gunner with the original 32nd Battalion, and joined the 8th Machine Gun Company in Egypt. Won the Military Cross at Polygon Wood in 1917, and was gassed at Villers-Bretonneux.
FateDied of wounds 25 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Date of death25 April 1918
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetery (Plot B, Row 4, Grave No. 24), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick WIlliam and Eleanor Mary BASEDOW, 31 High Street, Kensington, South Australia. Native of Caltowie, South Australia
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He set a splendid example to the men of his battery by his untiring efforts under very heavy fire. When two officers of the battery on his right were wounded he supervised the firing of that battery as well as his own. His services were invaluable to the group commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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