Frederick BUSCH DCM

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BUSCH, Frederick

Service Numbers: 2343, 2343A
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Iluka, New South Wales, 12 June 1894
Home Town: Maclean, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Seaman
Died: Died of Wounds (received at Flanders), France, 22 April 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Caestre War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2343, 25th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2343, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2343, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
28 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 9th Infantry Battalion
22 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2343A, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"...2343 (2343A) Private Frederick Busch (also known as Bush), 9th Battalion, of Maclean, New South Wales was a seaman prior to enlisting in August 1915. Frederick embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Warilda  on 5 October 1915. He served in France and Belgium and on 16 November 1917 was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty", during operations near Ypres, Belgium. "When the enemy captured one of our wounded men, two men arranged to rescue him, but were immediately covered by enemy snipers. He jumped out in front, and succeeded in drawing the fire of the snipers, thus enabling the wounded man to be rescued." On 22 April 1918, Pte Busch DCM, aged 23, was wounded in action at Flanders, Belgium, and died later that day." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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