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Harold Stanley BARTLETT

Regimental number115
Place of birthMaryborough, Victoria
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationLabourer
AddressBurns Street, Maryborough, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Mr Bartlett, Burns Street, Maryborough, Victoria
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, Headquarters, Band
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the Operations on 9th August 1918 at VAUVILLERS, Private BARTLETT was in charge of Stretcher Bearers attached to Battalion Headquarters. Though he had been suffering from illness and exhaustion for some days he insisted on remaining on duty. Owing to the open nature of the attack Stretcher Bearers were advancing long distances over open country. On several occasions it became necessary to change the position of the R.A.P. and Private BARTLETT by continuously working in the open directed the Stretcher Bearers to the new positions. When it became known that The Companies had advanced beyond the village Private BARTLETT personally reconnoitred routes forward and directed the work of collecting and carrying back the wounded. When the casualties were very heavy Private BARTLETT relieved the situation by pressing into service German prisoners and personally constructed improvised Stretchers from such material as could be found on the field. It was due to his organisation and supervision that the wounded were all carried to the R.A.P. before night. His courage, initiative and untiring devotion to duty earned for him the admiration of all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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