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Regimental number2402
Place of birthBlack Rock, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraph lineman
AddressKapunda, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs McInerney, Way Street, Kapunda, South Australia
Enlistment date16 March 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Hanson Public School Roll of Honor ('For King and Empire'). Photo: Peter Dennis

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. This man is a member of No. 2 Section of this company, attached to 8th Australian Infantry Brigade. In the attack on the VILLERS BRETONNEUX front, East of AMIENS, on the 8th August, 1918, he was engaged in the maintenance of cables between Brigade and Battalions. During the night of 7th/8th and the whole of the 8th August, he repeatedly volunteered to go out on lines to effect repairs. This he did under most trying conditions and heavy machine gun and artillery fire from the enemy. His remarkable disregard for personal safety, together with great devotion to duty was an excellent example to others and largely contributed to satisfactory communications being maintained between Brigade and Battalions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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