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Frederick Berdo RATTLE

Regimental number2761
Place of birthHuiden Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTrain examiner
Address32 Ross Street, Toorak, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, H H Rattle, 32 Ross Street, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'8-9 May 1917 Magnificent and valuable work while in charge of L.M.G. section.'
Recommendation date: 17 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a Lewis gun section his post was blown in and all his team put out of action. He personally repaired the gun, carried it forward single handed to a shell hole and from there brought flanking fire to bear upon the enemy, thereby smashing their attack. Later on he was again blown up by a shell, and his gun smashed; whereupon he obtained another, and continued in action single handed after all his men were killed. His fearlessness was exceptional.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Date of death12 November 1956
Place of burialBoxhill Cemetery

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