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Robert Roland Thomas Rossiter HUMPHRIES

Regimental number1024
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
OccupationHardware assistant
Address252 Gilles Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Humphries, same address
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 12 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 3rd June, 1918, at VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, this N.C.O. did magnificent work with a lewis gun on the occasion of an attempted enemy raid on our trenches. The enemy endeavoured to enter our trenches under cover of a very heavy artillery barrage and bomb attack and, the lewis gun team having been temporarily put out of action as the result of shell concussion, Sergeant HUMPHRIES immediately rushed up, seized the gun, and operated it with great skill until the enemy retired. His bravery and prompt action were instrumental in preventing the enemy from penetrating our lines at that particular point, and he also succeeded in inflicting severe casualties on the raiders.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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