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Henry Evans BANFIELD

Regimental number2107
Date of birth5 November 1887
Place of birthBega, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address184 Cavendish Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.7
Height5' 9.25"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, H F Banfield, Port Kembla, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: General Infantry Reinforcements
Promotion date: 1 May 1917


Unit: 20th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work at Mont St-Quentin on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Cross

'During operations at Mont St Quentin, near Peronne, on the 31st August, 1918, he displayed great gallantry and remarkable resources in obtaining information, repeatedly crossing the river under the concentrated fire of many guns. The information collected was most valuable, and enabled suitable dispositions to be made against hostile counter attacks. His courage and coolness were of a very high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date3 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 19 April 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 3 August 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: RAAF 282618 Squadron Leaders, Air Force HQ.
Date of death3 August 1974
Age at death86
SourcesNAA: B2455, BANFIELD Henry Evans

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