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Frederick Westbrook BATESON

Regimental number887
Place of birthWellington, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressLu Chalet, Salvado Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs Bateson, Lu Chalet, Salvado Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name(1st) Divisional Train, 4th Company, Army Service Corps
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A2 Geelong on 19 October 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 22 October 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 30th September, 1917, was specially detailed to take a load of signal flares urgently required at an advanced position when all traffic was held up on the main line of communication by enemy shell fire selected a narrow track and although subject to a very heavy bombardment, delivered his load. His gallant bearing throughout his tour of duty with the Pack Troop did much to impress his men with confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

A member of A.W. Canning's second expedition, 1908-1910, to equip the Canning Stock Route, Western Australia.

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

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