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Frederick William KLEINE

Regimental number2545
Place of birthMorwell Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMorwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Thomas Kleine, Morwell, Victoria
Enlistment date5 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On 2nd September 1918 at PERONNE he carried important messages from the front line to Battalion Headquarters under very heavy shell and machine gun fire and maintained communication when all other means had failed. On every occasion he had to pass through a gassed area which was under close machine gun fire. Though twice blown up by shells and gassed he carried on and his utter disregard of personal safety and determination set an inspiring example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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