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Francis Joseph FINNERAN

Regimental number1119
Place of birthYoung New South Wales
Next of kinFather, Mr Finneran, Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under fire, also valuable work as runner. East of Ypres.'
Recommendation date: 10 October 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Bar to Military Medal awarded)

Marked coolness, gallantry and devotion to duty, also valuable railway construction work . East of Ypres.
Recommendation date: 21 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the vicinity of MOLENAARELSTOEK on the 4th October 1917. Pte. FINNERAN displayed the utmost courage and initiative in assisting to lay out a forward track. It was partly due to his coolness and disregard for danger that this forward work was accomplished under a heavy barrage fire. He was wounded in the face during this operation but returned to duty directly the wound had been dressed, and carried out valuable work as a runner during the ensuing operation. East of YPRES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death13 November 1953
Place of burialBotany Cemetery

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