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Frederick John McNALLY

Regimental number29983
Place of birthKent Town South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressMile End, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, P J McNally, 40 Rose Street, Mile End, South Australia
Previous military service76th Infantry
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 120
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 3 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

MSM


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'Recommended for continuous devotion to duty. During period 25th September, 1918, to 11th November, 1918, he was in charge of the Brigade Office, and during the time this Brigade was operating with the American Corps in attacking the HINDENBURG Line and the various attacks subsequent to this. Frequently the Office Staff had to be kept going all night and in one instance for three nights running, in order that orders could be issued to batteries for daybreak attacks. These attacks would be followed by an advance in which the whole of the Headquarters would have to move forward, and at the same time render the usual returns and be ready to cope with any tactical situation as it arose. This Sergeant went through this period with extraordinary endurance and helped considerably to keep the efficiency of the Brigade at a high standard under very difficult circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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