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Frank Herbert RITCHIE

Regimental number3514
Place of birthMoss Vale New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWamberal, via Gosford, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, G W Ritchie, Wamberal, via Gosford, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3514B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 8 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialCrouy British Cemetery (Plot V, Row A, Grave No. 9), Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Mary RITCHIE. Native of Moss Vale, New South Wales

Military Medal

'On 24th April, 1918, near CORBIE, where the 55th A.F.A. Battery was in charge of Signallers. He assisted in maintaining the telephone line to Brigade Headquarters in addition to maintaining and constantly repairing the battery telephone lines. He proved himself quick and resourceful, when he found telephone lines had been cut, he immediately saw that visual signalling was established before going out to repair lines. By this means communication was maintained. During repair work, by his coolness, courage and utter disregard of shell fire he set a splendid example to his men and inspired them with great confidence. he made thirty four trips on line repair work and mended breaks on all lines with which he came in contact, thereby rendering valuable assistance to the signal service. Through his leadership, heavy casualties were often avoided. His splendid example of high courage and devotion to duty under heavy fire are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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