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John Fraser McKELLAR

Regimental number6141
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
OccupationCivil servant
Address49 McIllwraith Street, Princes Hill, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J McKellar, 49 McIllwraith Street, Princes Hill, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military service60th A
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'On 23rd August, 1918 at PROYART, whilst in charge of Stretcher Bearing Squads temporarily attached to Regimental Aid Post he repeatedly evacuated wounded through an emtremely heavy barrage. Although gassed slightly himself he continued working. On 24th August, 1918, the positions were again heavily shelled, especially with gas shells, but he continued working, and by his splendid efforts casualties were quickly evacuated. Throughout he set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty to his men, and by his personal efforts largely contributed to the rapid evacuation of casualties on both days.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Date of death8 December 1968
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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