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MARCH, Frederick Hamilton GC

Sergeant Frederick Hamilton March GC

1580, Sergeant Frederick Hamilton March GC

7th Light Horse

Anzac Mounted Divisional Signals

Awarded George Cross – January, 1941

Australian War Memorial:

Studio portrait of 1580 Sergeant (Sgt) Frederick Hamilton (Fred) March, Divisional Signal Squadron, Anzac Mounted Divisional Headquarters. He enlisted on 6 September 1915 at Goulburn NSW and was discharged in Egypt at his own request on 6 August 1919. He was promoted to Sergeant for motor cycle duties on 1 April 1917. He won a number of medals for motorcycling with the Cairo Motor Cycle and Light Car Club between 1926 and 1927. He joined the Civil Service in the Sudan and was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal in trying to save the local Governor from an assassination attempt. This medal was legitimately exchanged in 1940 for a George Cross. He was also awarded a George V MBE (Civil) and a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.
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  1. Frederick is my 3rd cousin once removed – his father George Henry March and my 2nd Great Grandma Mary Ann Kershaw nee March were siblings.
    Their parents were Thomas James March & Charlotte Thomason Plummer who arrived in Australia on 18 May 1838 on the Orontes and eventually settled in Gundaroo area in the mid 1840’s.
    In 2013 it will be the 175th Anniversary of their arrival and to honour our ancestors a reunion for descendants of Thomas & Charlotte will be hald in Gundaroo on Saturday 18 March 2013.

    If you comment here I will receive an email and can then contact you directly.

    • Renée

      My mother Louise was married to Fred in Egypt in 1930.They were married for 14yrs, she went to Egypt from Paris. They divorced and she married my father & lived in England for the rest of her life. She always said that he worked for Shell oil, she also mentioned the garage he owned. They lived all over including Mafraq, Cairo & Haifa.

      • Hello Renée
        It is so good to hear from you and to learn that Fred was first married to your Mum.

        I never knew that Fred had another marriage so this is exciting news – his only marriage I knew was to a lady named Teresa Bongi in 1967 which I found described in the book about him titled, “FRED – An Australian Hero” by Peter Sekuless. In the book it mentions that he was attached to the Shell Company during the 1930’s. He was supposed to have served in WW2 with the Royal Engineers as sergeant major however the author couldn’t find any record with both Australian & English Army records.

        The marriage to your Mum fits in as the author notes a blank in those years. Fred had died when the book was written and his wife Teresa helped the author so maybe she didn’t know about his first marriage and instead only knew about a relationship he had with a lady named Ilona after the war sometime.

        You are most welcome to contact me on our reunion email address
        Marchfamilyreunion2012 at gmail dot com (remember to use the @ sign and . sign in the address where ‘at’ and ‘dot’ are and close the gaps)
        Thank you Julie

        PS I notice I made an error in my tuping with my first post and that is Fred is actually my FIRST Cousin 3 times removed. He is a cousin of my Great Grandma Alma Constance Kershaw.

        • Renée

          Hi, I will reply to your email address and thank you for your reply. They had a very interesting life while together so I will need a bit of time to tell all. I’m glad you confirmed about Shell as no where on the internet could I confirm that, but I was also sure Mum did not get it wrong!!
          Will contact soon
          Renée

          • Julie

            Hello Renée
            I am looking forward to hearing from you when you are ready – in the mentime you might be interested in the book I mentioned earlier about Fred I found some copies mentioned on Amazon – here’s the link
            http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Australian-Hero-Peter-Sekuless/dp/0702216461 – some of the prices are a bit outrageous but others reasonable. It makes very interesting reading and has pictures of his family – parents and siblings and his medals etc.
            Kind regards
            Julie

      • HI
        I am updating my books on the george cross and was interested to read that your mum was married to Fred – do you have any documents to this effect – this would be very interesting to me as I did not know he had been married other than to Teresa and would like to include this information for accuracy.

      • please email me as soon as possible re Fred for inclusion in latest supplement to series of books on GCs – see website
        do you have a copy of marriage certificate – this is new information not previously known

    • Renée

      Hi Julie, Have sent you couple of emails…not sure if they are going through…thought I would try this as a prompt!! Hope all ok Renée

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