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Frederick FEDER

Regimental number1832
Place of birthKaniva, Victoria
AddressKaniva, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 11.25"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Frederick Feder, Kaniva, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 March 1916
Place of enlistmentHorsham, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. this soldier was a stretcher bearer and stood out for his great courage and untiring energy under heavy shell fire and under most arduous conditions on account of the nature of the country. His work in organising parties under heavy fire and the cheerfulness with which he carried out his own work, were an inspiration to all, and he continued work almost incessantly until all cases had been evacuated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date1 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 7 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to hospital, Havre, 23 November 1916 (mumps); marched in to 3rd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, from hospital, 19 December 1916.

Taken on strength, 38th Bn, in the field, 4 January 1917.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 February 1917; transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 6 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 February 1917 (no further details recorded).

Wounded in action, 28 May 1917 (multiple gun shot wounds), and admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 11, 29 May 1917; admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 29 May 1917; transferred to England, 31 May 1917, and admitted to Kitchener Military hospital, Brighton, 1 June 1917 (wounds: severe); discharged on furlough, 5 July 1917, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 17 September 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 December 1917.

On leave to England, 26 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 March 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 17 August 1918; Corporal, 3 September 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 29 September 1918 (gassed; gun shot wounds, both arms, right foot), and admitted to 132nd Field Ambulance and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 30 September 1918; to England, 1 October 1918, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 2 October 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 14 October 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918 (invalid); disembarked Melbourne, 22 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 1 March 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNote on Attestation Form: 'Descendant of naturalized Germans'.
Date of death2 April 1965
Age at death78
Place of burialKaniva Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, FEDER Frederick

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