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Francis Edward PATCH

Regimental number2377
Place of birthCooyar Station, Queensland
SchoolMoss View State School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMill hand
AddressEmu Creek, Crow's Nest, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Thomas Patch, Emu Creek, Crow's Nest, Queensland
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 June 1917

FateKilled in Action 29 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialYpres Reservoir Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 1), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth PATCH, Emu Creek, Crow's Nest, Queensland. Native of Cooyar

Military Medal

'On the 8th June 1917 whilst the 114th Battery position was being heavily shelled and had an ammunition dump set on fire this N.C.O. assisted in fighting the fire and keeping it to restricted limits. He was under heavy shell fire and he continued to endeavour to keep the fire from spreading to the Gas Shells until an enemy shell blew up the Gas Shell Dump, when he was withdrawn by the Officer in Charge. By his courage and devotion to duty he st a fine example.'

Family/military connectionsCousin: 6084 Pte William Angus HURLEY, 26th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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