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Albert Wilkinson BATTYE

Regimental number3020
Place of birthEncounter Bay, South Australia
SchoolVictor Harbor State School; St Peter's Collegiate School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, Miss E T Battye, Victor Harbour, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Skilful and successful leadership of platoon, showing great coolness and determination. (East of Ypres, 20 September 1917)'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateDied of wounds 5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death28
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XX, Row H, Grave No. 19A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Ruth BATTYE. Native of Victor Harbour, South Australia

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD east of YPRES on 20th September 1917, Cpl. BATTYE led his platoon against the enemy's strong point in the face of heavy machine gun fire and captured it, together with gun and crew. When the position had been consolidated he was in charge of an advanced bombing post and although heavily shelled, by his great coolness and determination he held his men together.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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