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Frederick PONTEE

Regimental number3613
AddressPO, Wallumbilla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFriend, Mrs. Rachael Ford, Tewantin, via Cooran, Queensland
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Wallumbilla Roll of Honor, Queensland.

Military Medal

'During the advance of the 31st Battalion from WARFUSEE-ABANCOURT on the 8th August 1918 this man was a No. 1 Lewis Gunner and did wonderful work in dealing with hostile machine guns and snipers. On the 9th August he assisted the advance of the 29th Battalion on our right, by pushing his gun out into No Man's Land and bringing enfilade fire to bear. His gun was repeatedly hit by machine gun bullets but he continued to fire until the operation was completed, thus setting a splendid example of skill and courage to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 April 1949
Place of burialLutwyche Cemetery

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