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12-October-2017
12-October-2017

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A native garden commemorates Frank Partridge who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) lived on a farm near Macksville. Within the garden is a local sandstone rock to which is attached a brass plaque. Adjacent is a sign which records the history of Private Partridge's being awarded the Victoria Cross.

On 24 July 1945 at Bonis Peninsula, Bougainville (now Papua New Guinea) during an engagement with the enemy, Frank Partridge’s section came under particularly heavy fire and he was hit twice, in the left arm and the left thigh. Despite his wounds, and disregarding the heavy fire, he retrieved a Bren gun from a dead gunner and passed it on to another man and told him to give covering fire.

He then rushed the enemy bunker, silenced it with a grenade, and killed the only living occupant with his knife. He cleared the dead from the entrance to the bunker and rushed another bunker but loss of blood caused him to halt and call for aid. His platoon moved forward but overwhelming enemy fire caused it to withdraw. His award was the first made to a militiaman.

Location

Address:Partridge & Cooper Streets, Memorial Park, Macksville, 2447
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.708735
Long: 152.920606
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:24-July-1945
Actual Event End Date:24-July-1945
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1965
Front Inscription

In memory of Frank Partridge V.C.

8th. Inf. Bn. Bouganville 24 - 7 - 45

Died 23 - 6 - 64

Lest we forget

Left Side Inscription

Private Frank Partridge of Macksville was the youngest Australian, and the only Militia soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War Two.

It was awarded to him for bravery on Bougainville in 1945 when his section was given the task of eliminating an enemy post which denied forward movement of our troops.

Twice wounded, he eliminated two enemy bunkers before loss of blood compelled him to halt.  The subsequent capture of the position was due to the incentive derived from the 20 year old`s outstanding heroism and fortitude.

In later life, Frank, a self-educated farmer, achieved phenomenal success of the `Pcik-a-Box` quiz show before a car accident cut his life short in 1964.  He is buried in a soldier`s grave at Macksville Cemetery.

Source: MA,H,ADB,NRWM
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