Frederick Arthur THURSTON

Regimental number2140
Place of birthSummer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolEnmore Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
Address'Belmont', Union Street, Tempe, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Thurston, 'Belmont', Union Street,Tempe, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
FateKilled in Action 30 August 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row P, Grave 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Sophia THURSTON, "Belmont", Union Street, Tempe, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For gallant service and devotion to duty on night of 4th/5th March 1918 during raid on enemy trenches in vicinity of WARNETON. This N.C.O. was in charge of a Lewis Gun covering the farthest point of penetration into enemy trench system. He organised and placed his men splendidly. The enemy counter-attacked strongly from the right but by carefully-directed Lewis Gun fire aided by rifle grenades and rifles he successfully broke up the counter-attack and thus ensured protection of our raiders. His action was most determined, courageous and invaluable to the Right Assault.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

2nd Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & 2 Bars, British War Medal, Victory Medal