Frank Kilthorpe SLEE

Regimental number2199
OccupationHorse driver
Address'Auston', North Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Slee, 'Austin', North Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Kilthorpe spelt Thilthorpe
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the operatiosn along the MENIN ROAD on the 21st September morning and evening he was in charge of a Section of communication trench to a Strong Point near POLYGON WOOD, under construction in an exposed position and which came under very heavy shell fire before dawn. He continued on the work without pause and throughout the morning remained on the job although under direct enemy observation and intermittent shelling, thereby finishing and properly connecting the trench with Strong Point. During over four hours shelling the same evening, while the enemy was expected to attack, Lance Corporal SLEE was constantly moving from point to point inspiring others with confidence and steadying the men of the section under the most trying conditions of inaction and exposure.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 436 Arthur Kilthorpe SLEE, 45th Battalion, killed in action, France, August 1916.
Date of death20 August 1960