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Richard Charles FORDHAM

Regimental number7115
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationButcher
Address13 O'Farrell Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, H Fordham, 13 O'Farrell Street, Footscray, Victoria
Enlistment date18 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameAustralian Reserve Park 1, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 27 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and resource during the attack on the HINDENBURG LINE east of LE VERGUIER on 18th September 1918. After the attack on the final objective, portion of a trench was still occupied by the enemy who was holding out very stubbornly. Several attempts to bomb them out had failed. An attack by two Companies of infantry was held up Lance Corporal FORDHAM instantly grasped the situation and mounting his gun in a suitable position enfiladed the trench, breaking down the opposition and causing the enemy to surrender. His intervention at a critical moment caused the whole of the trench to pass into our hands.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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