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Francis Noel Berkeley FITZHARDINGE

Regimental number855
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
True NameFITZHARDINGE , Frederick Noel Berkeley
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressChurch Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinC H Fitzhardinge, Church Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMiddle name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Rolls as Bickly.
Enlistment date10 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 26 June 1915
Date of embarkation incorrectly listed on Embarkation Roll as 7 June 1915.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: "23 Decemnber 1916"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 30169 (6 July 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 174 (11 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 29 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his machine gun with great courage and skill during the attack, and was largely responsible for the small number of casualties incurr ed by the brigade. He was wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2898 Pte Moreton Cedric Berkeley FITZHARDINGE, 56th Bn, Returned to Australia, 25 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZHARDINGE Francis Noel Berkeley

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