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Francis John PIDGEON

Regimental number2672
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address13 Milton Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.4
Height5' 5.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E H Pidgeon, 13 Milton Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialMillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Row B, Grave No. 30), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Thomas Cemetery, Enfield, New South Wales. Parents: George and Elizabeth PIDGEON, 13 Milton Street, Ashfield, New South Wales. Native of Sydney. Photo: Robert and Sandra Crofts
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Bn, Mudros, 23 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 1 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 45th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 September 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 39th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 15 September 1917 (syphilis); to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 18 September 1917 (balanitis, non-venereal); discharged to Base Depot, 29 September 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 10 October 1917.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 January 1918 (scabies); transferred to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 January 1918; discharged to duty, 28 January 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 29 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 26 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 5 April 1918; now, 20 April 1918, reported killed in action, 5 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PIDGEON Francis John

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