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Ralph Edgar ADCOCK

Regimental number5338
Place of birthWayville, South Australia
AddressNorth Croydon, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs E J Adcock, William Street, North Croydon, South Australia
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Valuable services and devotion to duty while on patrol work. (Polygon Wood 19-22 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at POLYGON WOOD, east of YPRES on 19/22nd September, 1917, Cpl. ADCOCK rendered valuable services. He volunteered for a special patrol which went out 600 yards in front of our line and remained there throughout the night of 20/21st instant under heavy artillery fire. He sent back reports of enemy movement to the Artillery and by this means several attempted concentrations of the enemy were frustrated. He was wounded early in the evening but carried on and his devotion to duty set a splendid example to his men and was the means of greatly protecting our front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1615 Pte Albert Percival ADCOCK, 50th Bn, killed in action, 2 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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