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Bertram Edward HANDO

Regimental number3752
Place of birthWeston-Super-Mere England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address20 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Hando, 20 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military service31st Infantry
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 21 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During attack operations near WESTHOEK east of YPRES on 20th September, 1917, 2nd Corporal HANDO was senior N.C.O. of a party detailed to mark out a communication trench immediately after the attack. In face of heavy shell fire and sniping 2nd Corporal HANDO very coolly and gallantly ran out the tapes to mark the trench, carrying on and completing the work after the officer in charge was twice wounded. 2nd Corporal HANDO afterwards inspected the work being done on the trench, and directed the Infantry working on it. 2nd Corporal HANDO's example and general conduct contributed very largely to the success of this work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3751 Driver Wilfred Ivan HANDO, 7th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919.

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