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Francis Middleton SHAW

Regimental number577
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolNorth Adelaide and Moonta Public and High School.
AddressWeetulta, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation.6
Height6' 3.75"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Shaw, Erskine Street, Goodwood Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Senior Cadets; exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme.
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 12 August 1918
Age at death23.3
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row D, Grave No. 10), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Kate SHAW, 13 Erskine Street, Goodwood, South Australia

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as No. 1 of a Lewis gun during an attack. He rushed forward and engaged an enemy machine gun, enabling his men to get into the post and bayonet the garrison. Shortly afterwards, he rushed at another machine gun post 200 yards away, firing from the hip, killing the officer and another man. Eight enemy dead were found in the post. Throughout the operation he showed conspicuous gallantry, dash, and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHAW Francis Middleton
Red Cross File No 2470408P

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