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Fred Leslie BIDDLE

SchoolHawthorn College, Victoria
Other trainingTwice passed Matriculation at the University of Melbourne, Victoria.
OccupationSoldier
Address92 Vale Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinJames Biddle, 92 Vale Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed 11 years in the Citizen Military Forces before the war, joining the Field Artillery as a Gunner, and rising to the rank of Captain.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

DSO


'Conspicuous gallantry and coolness at Pozieres, 22-24 July 1916.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1916

Distinguished Service Order


Awarded a Mention in Despatches (on the basis of which recommendation is not clear), and promulgated: 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890, 2 January 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103, 29 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 10 September 1916

FateDied of wounds 16 August 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death17 August 1917
Age at death31.10
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialBrandhoex New Military Cemetery No. 3 (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 25), Vlamertinghe, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Helena Isabel BIDDLE, 92 Vale Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry during three days of operations. As liaison officr he did fine work, and when his telephone lines were repeatedly cut, passed through the barrage to telephone stations of other units in order to get his information through. He was himself wounded on the last day.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsCousin: [19986] Lt Eric Bruce MORGAN MSM, 3rd Division Artillery, effective abroad (still overseas).

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