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Roy Chester LOVEDAY

Regimental number9072
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressErskineville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Flora Loveday, 66 Malcolm Street, Erskineville, New South Wales
Previous military service34th Infantry
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 8, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the Hindenburg Line from September 29th 1918 to October 2nd 1918 this stretcher bearer was one of a squad carrying between the railway embankment east of BELLICOURT and a wagon Loading Post on the road west of BELLICOURT, this carry was about 2 kilos in length and owing the the heavy casualties, both Australian and American, numerous trips were made under very trying conditions, such as night carries, unbroken wire entanglements, heavy rain and slippery mud. The carry was under enemy observation, the squad was fired upon by enemy machine guns during 12 trips, and the whole track was continuously under heavy shell fire. These difficulties were overcome only by the inspiring effect this man always has on a squad, and mainly by his dogged perseverance and devotion to duty there was not hitch in the evacuations from his post. He has been a stretcher bearer in every action of his division, and the high standard of his work has always been an example to the men with whom he has served.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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