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Regimental number3259
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
OccupationShop assistant
Address48 White Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J Barron, 48 White Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 and 6 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as Battalion runners during the attack on PERONNE on the 1st, and 2nd September 1918. During the whole of the operation the shell fire was intense, and consequently telephonic communication was frequently interrupted. Owing to the heavy casualties amongst runners these two men [BARRON and 1887 G. CLARKE] were almost continuously employed for a period of 36 hours carrying messages between Battalion headquarters and the Front Line. The approach to the Front Line was under direct enemy observation, and consequently any movement over this ground drew intense direct Machine Gun fire; notwithstanding this, these two runners volunteered on several occasions to carry urgent messages across to the Front Line and in every case succeeded in delivering their messages and bringing back the replies. The extreme bravery and utter disregard of their personal safety displayed by these two men set the finest possible example to the remainder of the runners, and they were in no small measure responsible for the excellent communication maintained throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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