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Alexander FORTUNE

Regimental number2108
Place of birthNar Nar Goon Victoria
ReligionChurch of Christ
OccupationFarmer
AddressHillend, Fumina, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marion Fortune, Hillend, Fumina, Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date11 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For courage and determination in the attack on 5th October, 1918, at MONTBREHAIN, north of ST. QUENTIN. He attacked and kept under fire singlehanded an enemy machine gun which was holding up the advance of his platoon's left flank. Whilst doing so he was under continuous bursts of machine gun fire which he succeeded in holding in check. Though firing from an exposed position he gallantly stuck to his task which enabled the remainder of the men to advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2107 Pte Walter Davbid FORTUNE, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 4 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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