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Frederick Charles SKILLER

Regimental number4462
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDrug storeman
Address'Gleniola', Darvall Street, St Leonards, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinBrother, Harold Skiller, Darvall Street, St Leonards, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 3 Australian General Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 15 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Frederick spelt Fred

Military Medal

'At the South West of BELLICOURT during 29th and 30th September 1918, these stretcher bearers [SKILLER, 6618 E.E. CALF, 3209 A.A. McGOLDRICK, 6674 A.A. WALL, 518 E.J.S. WROTH, 4757 A.J.C. PARKER, 9072 R.C. LOVEDAY] displayed conspicuous bravery in carrying wounded across ground exposed to enemy observation and under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Each carry was across the Hindenburg System and owing to the rain making the ground slippery each trip took 3 hours to carry 1000 yards across wire, trenches etc. In spite of numerous casualties amongst the bearers, these men by their endurance, determination and example encouraged the other bearers and in an extraordinarily difficult situation, made the evacuation of wounded possible. Devotion to duty of these men is deserving of special reward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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