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Alexander McGUIRK

Regimental number4282
Place of birthBinda, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressColchester Hall, Woodcourt Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs G McGuirk, Como, Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'These men [4603 T.A. Donohoe, 6929 P.J. Gwynn, and McGuirk] were three of a party of 1 N.C.O. and 5 men who attacked and captured, without artillery support, a very strong position on the flank of the battalion during the advance on RAINECOURT, east of AMIENS, on 9th August 1918. The position was very strongly protected by earthworks and wire and 3 machine guns and an anti-tank gun were firing from it in direct enfilade. No other troops were within 300 yards of this small party but they advanced without hesitation. They go within bombing range and then rushed the position. Two machine guns, one Lewis gun, the anti-tank gun and a garrison of 1 Officer, 4 N.C.O.s and 25 men captured by them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5738 Pte Jack McGUIRK, 1st Bn, died of wounds, 30 June 1918; 911 Pte Thomas Alexander McGUIRK, 3rd Bn, died of wounds, 28 April 1915; Cousin: 7099 Pte John Michael Joseph WILLS, 13th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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