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Sydney BATES

Regimental number988
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
Addressc/o Mrs W H Ireland, Hawata, Seale Street, Burwood
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8.75"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs W H Ireland, Hawata, Seale Street, Burwood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSignal Troop 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Brigade Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorous Service Medal

For highly meritorious services as Quarter Master Sergeant on Brigade Headquarters in EGYPT and FRANCE.
Recommendation date: 3 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'For highly meritorious services as Q.M.S. on Brigade Headquarters during the operations of th Brigade in EGYPT and FRANCE. His untiring zeal and energy have proved of great benefit to the Brigade. He has also shown zeal and initiative in salvage work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Promoted Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 30 September 1915; promoted A/Quartermaster Sergeant, Moascar, 6 March 1916; transferred to 6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters from 2nd Australian Division Signal Company, Canal Zone, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 March 1916. Charged in pay book for clothing: £1:3:0, 19 June 1916; promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant, Belgium, 6 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 April 1917; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 April 1917; returned to unit from hospital, 13 May 1917.

Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, 13 May 1917; promoted to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (Warrant Officer Class II in accordance with AIF Order 760), 17 July 1917.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 28 June 1918; returned from leave, 13 July 1918.

Marched out to England, 20 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne and proceeded to Sydney, 26 May 1919.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 June 1968
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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