Francis Edward CHRISTIAN

Regimental number1168
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
SchoolEaglehawk State School, Victoria
OccupationEngine driver
AddressCalifornia Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Christian, California Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date1 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 26 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Hanebeke wood on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateDied of wounds 28 September 1917
Place of death or woundingnr Ypres, Belgium
Age at death38
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXIV, Row D, Grave No. 18), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'At HANEBEKE WOOD on 20th September 1917 this N.C.O. had charge of a platoon throughout the attack. Just after the launching of the attack he showed great initiative in moving his platoon forward of the enemy barrage. Later he showed himself as a fearless leader and throughout he was moving among his men holding them together and getting them forward, showing an absolute disregard for personal safety. His cheerful manner, courage and determination was a very fine example to all who came in contact with him. After the consolidation, about 30 hours after zero, he was badly wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: [8026] Lt William Charles Douglas VEALE MC DCM, 2nd Division Engineers, returned to Australia, 22 November 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal