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Charles Hill FORDHAM

Regimental number4408
Place of birthLittle Coogee New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address159 Paddington Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, C Fordham, 159 Paddington Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This runner displayed great courage and coolness during the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE on 31st August, 1918. Throughout the day he carried messages from his company to Battalion Headquarters under intense enemy machine gun fire and shelling. He repeatedly moved across the swept areas with utter disregard for his personal safety, his determination and devotion to duty resulting in the prompt receipt by Battalion Headquarters of important information regarding the progress of the attack. His bravery was most conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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