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Frederick Neil George McVICAR

Regimental number3562
Place of birthAvoca Victoria
AddressNo. 1 Creek, Avoca, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, George McVicar, No. 1 Creek, Avoca, Victoria
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded Military Medal)

'Conspicuous gallantry and skill on patrol work on 20 September 1917 at Polygon Wood.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD near YPRES on 20th September 1917, this N.C.O. who assisted in laying the tapes for his Battalion, who was the main guide, displayed great coolness and stuck to his work in getting the Battalion onto the assembly position under very heavy shell fire. During the attack he laid the tape and kept direction for his Battalion, and after arriving at the final objective showed great gallantry in taking forward a patrol, staying out all night, and sending back reports at frequent intervals as to the enemy's movements. He set a splendid example to all and was untiring in his efforts to make the operations a success.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 July 1972

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