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Henry John HEYWOOD

Regimental number429
Place of birthBenalla Vic
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressEllinbank PO, Ellinbank, South Warragul, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, G Heywood, Ellinbank PO, Ellinbank, South Warragul, Victoria
Enlistment date21 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 2, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll429B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack made by the enemy near Dernancourt on 5th April, 1918, this N.C.O. showed conspicuous ability and bravery. He covered the retirement of the Infantry and then when almost cut offQin fact believing himself to be cut offQhe got his gun back to a position where he again got in to action. he greatly assisted the Infantry in their consolidation of the new line by keeping his gun in action and keeping the heads of the enemy down. He was under direct Machine Gun and Rifle fire all the time.'
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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