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Patrick Joseph GILCHRIST

Regimental number4710
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address47 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Irene J Gilchrist, 47 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date8 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps School
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Zonnebeke on 4 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At ZONNEBEKE on 4th October, 1917, this man was in the leading wave of the attack. His prompt action in firing his Lewis Gun from the hip caused the retreating enemy many casualties. Just before reaching his objective he brought his gun into action against an enemy filled gun which was emplaced on BROODSEINDE RIDGE and caused casualties among the enemy gunners. Throughout the whole of the operations he showed a complete disregard for danger and the skilful manner in which he handled his Lewis Gun made him of the greatest value in assisting the operations to its ultimate success.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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