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Samuel Burnett BARKER

Regimental number6313
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionCongregational
OccupationGrocer
Address186 Scotchmer Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Barker, 186 Scotchmer Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 10
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Zonnebeke on 19 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. at ZONNEBEKE on the 19th October, 1917, under very heavy shell fire, he went to the assistance of, and dressed the wounds of several wounded infantry soldiers. Under continued heavy shell fire he assisted them over very boggy ground to the dressing station, returning and organising stretcher parties and making repeated journeys through the barrage until all the injured men were removed. The gallant and entirely voluntary service of this N.C.O. undoubtedly saved many lives on this occasion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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