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Frank Higgins VOCE

Regimental number799
Place of birthColeraine Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressColeraine, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSon, Francis Voce, c/o Mr G Hutchins, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near ASCENSION WOOD on 18th September 1918. Acting as bayonet man he led a bombing party which successfully rushed a Machine Gun post along a C.T. From here he rushed ahead and bombing along on his own initiative drove five of the enemy down a dugout in which he killed three and mortally wounded two. Later in the enemy second system again at the head of the party he despatched two more Huns with the bayonet. His dash and courage went far towards carrying on men in an operations where the numerical odds were all on the enemy side. His bayonet work was excellent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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