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Frederick SORTON

Regimental number4921
Place of birthManchester England
Other NamesFred
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationBootmaker
AddressMarrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs S J Sorton, Warden Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At PETILLON on 19th/20th July, 1916, Private SORTON and Private DEVERY (stretcher bearers) in addition to carrying wounded from front line trenches to dressing station repeatedly under very heavy shell fire twice essayed a trip into "NO MAN'S LAND" to bring in wounded. The first attempt failed, but they tried again and succeeded in bringing in one seriously wounded man in spite of the very heavy shell and machine gun fire which swept the ground.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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