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Walter Henry ADKINS

Regimental number1542
Place of birthMorven Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressMount Darry via Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Benjamin Jackson Adkins, Mount Derry via Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollArmy Provost Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 10 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under very heavy shell fire on the YPRES MENIN Road on 25th September, 1917. He was continuously on post, controlling traffic in the danger zone and under heavy shell fire. He set a splendid example and was instrumental in saving lorries loaded with munitions from being destroyed by shell fire, and no doubt many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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