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Percy Douglas HAMILTON

Regimental number5110
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRubber worker
Address186 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Mr T Hamilton, 186 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Hebuterue on 29th March 1918. This soldier was acting as runner for an officer (Lt.. V.E. Hale) during a bombing attack along an enemy trench. He displayed great coolness and disregard for danger in carrying reports back and forward and, at a later stage when the success of the operation was in jeopardy owing to a hitch in the supply of bombs. Private Hamilton carried bombs tirelessly from one trench to another continually passing over the top under heavy fire from enemy machine guns and bombs. He came under the notice of and was recommended by both Company Commanders.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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