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Edward Charles GAGEN

Regimental number5672
Place of birthNorwich, Norfolk, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCross Roads, Liverpool, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinBrother, H Gagen, PO, Liverpool, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Hargicourt on 18 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateDischarged in London 7 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near HARGICOURT on 18th September, 1918. During the advance his platoon was temporarily held up by an enemy machine gun. Private GAGEN worked forward 100 yards and sniped the enemy gun crew silencing the gun and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the operation he acted as Company Runner and displayed the most commendable devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date7 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 5 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 September 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Bn, in the field, Belgium, 24 September 1916.

Detached to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 27 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 September 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 23 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 5 October 1917.

Detached for duty with Camouflage Workshop, 31 May 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 1 June 1918.

Detached to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 1 July 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 July 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 July 1918 (cellulitis, right knee), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 83rd General Hospital, 28 July 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 9 August 1918; discharged to No 5 Rest Camp, 21 August 1918; marched in to Base Depot, Havre, 23 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 March 1918.

Marched out to England, 11 April 1919, and marched in to No 1 Group.

Discharged in London (being demobilised), 7 July 1919.

War service: 3 years 172 days (of which 3 years 35 days were abroad)

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GAGEN Edward Charles

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