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Frank Benjamin MOUNTCASTLE

Regimental number8950
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDairyman
AddressMybrun, via Byron Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs A M Mountcastle, Mybrun, via Byron Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work on 29 October 1917 near Ypres.'
Recommendation date: "31 October 1917

Mention in Corps Routine Orders


Recommendation date: 20 November 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 29th October, 1917, whilst proceeding along the MENIN Road east of YPRES, this Driver's team came under heavy enemy shell fire. As the result of a shell bursting in the roadway a number of planks were thrown among the horses, but Driver MOUNTCASTLE, by his coolness and resourcefulness, succeeded in getting the team clear - thus averting probable casualties to men and horses. He carried on until the gun carriage was eventually thrown bodily into a shell hole. He set a splendid example to all ranks present.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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