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Frank Saffin was born in Devonshire, England, was married to Mrs Ruby Caroline Saffin of Ballarat, Victoria and was a Labourer when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement on 27 September 1916 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916. He proceeded overseas to France with the 6th training Battalion on 25 April 1917. He received his first promotion to Lance Corporal on 2 January 1918 and again to Corporal in September of that year.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal for his actions 'during the attack on Montbrehain, on 5 October, 1918, he acted as signalling corporal to his company, and showed conspicuous gallantry. Under very heavy fire he carried an important message. On his return to the line he established a lamp and transmitted to Battalion Headquarters several important messages. Later, he assumed command of the platoon, and showed able leadership.'
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