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Alfred Lionel GRABHAM

Regimental number68O9
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWarehouseman
Address'Baievena', Cliff Road, Northwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, C W Grabham, 'Baievena', Cliff Road, Northwood, Lane Cove River, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty as linesman in the operations from 18th September, 1918, near HARGICOURT. Owing to heavy shell fire the lines were constantly broken. He was untiring in his efforts to maintain communications with Brigade and Companies. On 21st September, 1918, when it was most important to establish communication with Brigade, in spite of heavy shell fire, he made many efforts to carry out this duty. He was relieved of this duty while his Sergeant and others went out with the same object, with the result that all were severely wounded. Immediately afterwards he again sent out and by choosing another route succeeded in getting the line through a matter of the greatest importance owing to the obscurity of the situation at the moment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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