Frederick William Gadsby ANNAND DSO & BAR

Frederick William Gadsby Annand Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Brisbane
Occupation
Commercial Manager
Enlisted
12-November-1915
Place
Sydney
Age
43
Status
Married
Service No
N/N
Rank
Major
Unit
7th Field Company Engineers
Embarked
30-November-1915
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Egypt, Western Front
Highest rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Honours and Awards
DSO & Bar, Mentioned in Despatches (four times)
Fate
Returned to Australia
July 1919
Notes

In August 1915 Frederick Annand was appointed Major in command of the 7th Field Company Engineers. In March 1916 in France he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion. He was wounded in November and evacuated to London, resuming his command at the Western Front in February 1917. He received the Distinguished Service Order for his actions at Pozieres in December 1917 and received a Bar to his DSO for his leadership at Montbrehain in October 1918, the AIF’s final battle at the Western Front. He was also ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ four times during his service.

 

DSO Citation: “For special devotion to duty and conspicuous good service during the operations at Pozieres in July and August 1916. He was unremitting in his attention to duty during the whole time in the trenches.”

 

Bar to DSO Citation:At Montbrehain on 5th October 1918, in charge of a Pioneer Battalion, he succeeded in carrying out a very difficult relief in pitch darkness. After this he ably carried out a flanking movement to the attack on Montbrehain, driving back the enemy and ensuring a defence which proved to be unbreakable. His reconnaissance had to be carried out under heavy shell fire.”

 

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