This is pictorial of Pappy's World War One Experience.
Pappy is Dad's father.

Theodore Harry Rundell Frost

Regimental number: 2037
Place of birth: Echuca Victoria
Age at embarkation: 22
Next of kin: Father, Mr Raymond Frost, 'Chandos', Broadmeadows, Victoria
Enlistment date: 24 May 1915
Rank on enlistment: Private
Unit name: 24th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/41/2
Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll: Private
Unit from Nominal Roll: 24th Battalion

Recommendations (Medals and Awards):
Military Medal - For conspicuous gallantry near Bapaume, when, though outnumbered, inflicted severe losses on enemy only retiring when bombs ran out. In retiring held enemy at bay by rifle fire, assisting in repelling attack.
Recommendation date: 25 March 1917.

Fate: Returned to Australia 31 January 1918.

Military Medal - 'Near BAPAUME, France on the night of the 15/16th March 1917 during an attack along an hostile trench, held their ground although greatly outnumbered, inflicting severe losses on the enemy and only retiring, when their supply of bombs ran out. In retiring they held the hostile party at bay by rapid rifle fire, and were subsequently conspicuous in repelling a counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Pappy's Medals.

Pappy's 24th Battalion Colour Patch.

24th Battalion - 3rd Reinforcement uniform.

I found this photo on the 24th Battalion's Facebook site.
It stated that the above photo was of #2036 Cliff Ellis and #2040 Jack Gear.
As Pappy was #2037, I reckon that his uniform was very similar to the above photo.
Unfortunately, the only photo of Pappy during WW1 was his hospital photo.
Better than nothing.

Pappy's Timeline.

Wednesday, 12 May 1915 - Enlistment application form.
Thursday, 26 August 1915 - Left Melbourne on HMAT "Anchises".
Sunday, 10 October 1915 - Landed in Gallipoli.
Sunday, 19 December 1915 - Evacuated Gallipoli.
Thursday, 27 July 1916 - wounded in action - Gun Shot Wound in Chest (Slight).
Saturday, 5 August 1916 - Evacuated wounded from France.
Saturday, 16 December 1916 - England to France on SS Princess Henriette.
Thursday, 21 December 1916 - Rejoined 24th Battalion.
Saturday, 24 February 1917 - promoted to Lance Corporal - D/O 17/1337.
Thursday, 15 March 1917 - Military Medal action - near Bapaume, France.
Tuesday, 3 April 1917 - Awarded Military medal - D/O 28/2352.
Wednesday, 1 August 1917 - Pappy misplaced his Military Medal.
Wednesday, 5th September 1917 - Military Medal letter to Parents.
Friday, 19 October 1917 - Admitted to Cambridge Hospital Aldershot, England.
Monday, 21 January 1918 - Returned to Australia for Discharge.
Saturday, 13 April 1918 - Arrived back in Oz - Long time on a ship.
Wednesday 9th October 1918 - Honourably Discharged.

Pappy's Medals and Memos etc.

Pappy's 24th Battalion Colour Patch.
Pappy's Military Medal.
Pappy's Victory Medal.
Pappy's British War Medal.
Pappy's 1914-15 Star Medal.
Pappy's 1915 Anzac Medal.
Pappy's Other Badges.
Pappy's Official Service Record.
Pappy's Official Casualty Form - Active Service.
Pappy's Replacement Military Medal Paper trail.
Pappy's photo.

My 1972 Nasho Callup papers.

Wednesday 12 May 1915
Australian Imperial Force
Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Services Abroad.

page 1 of 3.

page 2 of 3.

page 3 of 3.

Australian Imperial Force - Nominal Roll.

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Thursday 26 August 1915
Left Melbourne on HMAT "Anchises".

HMAT "Anchises"
The HMAT A68 Anchises weighed 10,046 tons with an average cruise speed of 10 knots or 18.52 kmph.
It was owned by the Ocean SS Co Ltd, Liverpool, and leased by the Commonwealth until 12 October 1917.

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Pappy landed in Gallipoli on Sunday 10th October 1915
and was evacuated on Sunday 19th December 1915.

Pappy wrote this comment in a letter many, many years later.

"My party was one of the last to leave at 11pm after being on different posts for 4 hours. I might state we left on a Sunday night, a calm & moonlite night and had no trouble getting on the transport for Lemnos."

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Thursday 27th July 1916.
Pappy received a gunshot wound in the chest. The Army said it was slight.

This was a copy of the letter sent to Pappy's parents.

Saturday 5th August 1916
Pappy was evacuated from France back to England to recover.

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Saturday 25th February 1917.
Pappy was promoted to Lance Corporal.

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Thursday 15th March 1917.
During this engagement, Pappy was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery,
by repelling a counter attack near Bapaume, France.

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Wednesday 1st August 1917.
Pappy was on Seaside leave in France
and misplaced his Military Medal. (Say no more).

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Wednesday 5th September 1917.
A copy of the letter, sent to Pappy's parents informing them that their son was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery.

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Tuesday 9th October 1917.
Pappy received another gunshot wound. This time he was stuffed, it destroyed his right kneecap.

This was a copy of the letter sent to the wounded's parents.

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Monday 21st January 1918.
Departed England for a 'cruise' back to Oz on the SS Osterley.

SS Osterley.

Saturday 13th April 1918.
Arrived back in Oz.

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Honourably Discharged
on Wednesday 9th October 1918.

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Pappy's Medals and Memos etc.

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Pappy's 24th Battalion Colour Patch.

24th Battalion Colour Patch.

The 'A' ANZAC motif.
'ANZAC' insignia
Members of the Australian Imperial Force who served on Gallipoli will be entitled to wear over the Unit 'Colour Patch' on both sleeves of the Service Dress Jacket and Greatcoat the letter 'A' an indication that the wearer had taken part in the operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Military Order 354 of 1917

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Pappy's Military Medal.

Military Medal.

Military Medal introduced in 1916 for warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and privates for bravery.
Also for women for devotion to duty under fire.

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Pappy's Victory Medal.

Victory Medal.

Awarded to all who served in the Great War - on land or at sea.
Australians received 335,000 of the medals.

Applied for the Victory Medal 1914-1919 on Sunday 16th September 1923.

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Pappy's British War Medal.

British War Medal.

Granted to all who served between 1914-1920.
About 350,000 Australians received it.

Received the British War Medal on Tuesday 30th August 1921.

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Pappy's 1914-15 Star Medal.

1914-15 Star Medal.

Awarded to early volunteers in the Great War.
85,000 Australians who served from August 1914 to December 31, 1915 received it.

Received the 1914-15 Star Medal on Friday 17th September 1920.

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Pappy's 1915 Anzac Medal.

1915 Anzac Medal.

The Anzac Commemorative Medallion was instituted 1967.
It was awarded to surviving members of the Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January 1916.

Sunday, 4th November 1967.
Pappy's Application for the 1915 Anzac Medal.

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From Nirranda and District in appreciation of services to the Empire.
European War 1914-1918.

Pappy's 24th Battalion badge.

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Pappy's Service record.

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Pappy's Replacement Military Medal paper trail.

Pappy's Replacement Military Medal paper trail.

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A typical photo of Pappy, he always wore a suit.
Even when rabbit shooting, he would wear a tie.
A definite fashion trendsetter.
It's a pity that trend didn't rub off on some other members.

Photo taken by me at San Remo late 60s.

Theodore Harry Rundell Frost
Born: 2/11/1892
Married Nanny: Sat 28/8/1920
Died: Mon 11/11/1974

Pappy was a great guy,
who I loved immensely.

My thoughts.

Pappy was a farmer at heart. He was a tremendous grandfather.

When I was about 12yo (1964 ish), Pappy and I would go camping down to Koo Wee Rup and camp along the Yallock creek. Pappy used to get permission from the local farmer to camp on their property. We would set rabbit traps, Pappy had a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun and he gave me his single shoot .22 rifle. We would walk along the banks of the creek and I would shoot at the fish in the creek. I don't think that I ever hit any, but the shock stunned them. He made me a bow and arrow and he was shocked that I wouldn't shot a bandicoot with it. It was point blank range, but I couldn't. I used to drive his FX Holden around the paddocks.
One thing that really upset him, was when my mate and I used to swear, he would not tolerate it, one bit.

He used to tell me bedtime stories about WW1 and he used to say,
"that he didn't pull the trigger until he saw the whites of their eyes".

A great guy, who I loved a heap and while creating this page was very emotional.

The closest I got to following Pappy,
I was in the LAST National Service Ballot,
when the newly elected Whitlam Labor Government suspended it.

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