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Harold John MASSEY

Regimental number2391
Place of birthBroken Hill New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBroken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Massey, 48 Patton Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A55 Itria on 14 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and initiative during the operations at Bellicourt on 29 September, 1918. Whilst employed with his company on the road behind the village, he noticed five of the enemy with a machine gun in a position some distance away. Acting on his own initiative, he took a private with him, and made prisoners of the enemy, whom he sent to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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