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Alfred George McBRIDE

Regimental number454
Place of birthWarracknabeal Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHairdresser
Address11 James Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza McBride, 11 James Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date8 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'He displayed bravery and devotion to duty under heavy fire. During the operation by the 58th Battalion in the vicinity of BULLECOURT on the morning of 12th May 1917, Private McBRIDE was a member of a Light Trench Mortar detachment which was buried by the trench being blown in on top of them. After extricating himself Private McBRIDE set to work and dug out the remaining members of his detachment, the last man not being unearthed for twenty minutes. During the whole of this time the trench was being subjected to the heaviest bombardment. The initiative and resource displayed by Private McBRIDE undoubtedly saved the lives of the members of his detachment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 December 1951
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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