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Harold GASPERINO

Regimental number2177
Place of birthColeraine Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Address55 Railway Place, Flemington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Anthony Gasperino, Gillies Street, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date8 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'For initiative and leadership near VAUVILLERS, East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 9th August 1918. When the three senior N.C.O's of his platoon became casualties he took charge, continued the attack, and by his skill and leadership and gallant example successfully carried two enemy machine gun positions which were holding up the advance. Throughout the operation he showed an utter disregard for his own safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3232 Pte Laurance Matthew GASPERINO, 8th Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 10 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 October 1935
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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