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Philip Manson GRAHAM

Regimental number8864
Place of birthDubbo New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Addresschemist, Barcaldine, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, T F Graham, chemist, Barcaldine, Queensland
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous bravery in Noreuil Valley, when he extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump at great personal risk.
Recommendation date: 21 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918

Military Medal

'On the 30th April in NOREUIL VALLEY the battery was being heavily shelled and the camouflage and timber in the gun pit were set alight. 250 rounds were stored in the pit, and were beginning to explode when Bombardier GRAHAM, after exhausting the water made available for such emergencies, extinguished the flames by beating them out with his own hands, getting severely burnt while doing so. he behaved most gallantly, and rendered excellent service under most trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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