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Frederick Hebb


39th Infantry Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss S. Halse
  • Plaque: 19

Additional Info

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Frederick George Hebb enlisted twice. After being wounded with the 8th Infantry Battalion he was discharged as medically unfit for active service When he recovered from his wound he enlisted again and served with another battalion with a different Regimental Number. Fred was 20 years old, single and employed as a fishmonger. He had worked for the firm J. E. Reeves, of Sturt Street, Ballarat, for four years. He was born in Port Adelaide, S. A .

On 24th June 1915 he received a gun shot wound in his foot. It turned septic and he was evacuated from Gallipoli to 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis, Egypt. After a Medical Board review of the wound it was decided that Private Hebb should be returned to Australia. He embarked on HMAT Euripides 1st October 1915. After another medical review Private Hebb was discharged medically unfit for active service on 18th January 1916. On 27th September 1916 Fred Hebb enlisted again. He passed the medical assessment, and was posted to the 39th Infantry Battalion, with Regimental No. 2322. He was now a member of the 4th Reinforcements group for that battalion. He returned to the 39th Battalion on 3rd November 1918. On 24th November 1918 he reported sick with chronic laryngitis, probably a result of the gas poisoning. He went back through the medical evacuation system again. After spending some time in Heidelberg Hospital he was again discharged medical unfit for active service. This date was 23rd June 1919. Being discharged Medically Unfit made it easier to access the military hospital system should his health deteriorate. Tree No. 1, an elm, was planted in the Ballarat Avenbue by Miss S Halse a 'Lucas Girl', on 4th June 1917.

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour