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Church, Ferdinant Cyril


Born 1892 Scottsdale Tasmania the son of Alfred Henry and Emily Agnes Church (nee Jones) a labourer who embarked Melbourne 17th July 1915 on board “HMAT Orsova” with the 26th Infantry Battalion.

He was killed in action 29th July 1916 at Pozieres and as he has no known grave is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Military Medal recommendation 7th June 1916 Awarded 10th August 1916

“On the night of 6/7th June during a raid on the enemy trenches he led the way up their trenches, personally bayoneting two and was the means of taking two more prisoners.  He showed coolness, skill and courage”

Pte F. C. Church, Scottsdale. Official intimation of the death of Pte F. C. Church was conveyed to the relatives at Scottsdale on Friday last by Rev C. W. Wilson. The late soldier was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Church of Scottsdale, and had been reported wounded and missing on July 29/16 during the battle of Pozieres. He enlisted on 7th June 1915 and three months later landed in Gallipoli, going through the remainder of the campaign there. Later he went to France and distinguished himself by winning a military medal for bravery in the field, displayed when raiding some German trenches. Private Church was 23 years of age and had resided in the Scottsdale district nearly all his life.

North Eastern Advocate (Scottsdale) 7th August 1917











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