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Louis Warnecke McNAMARA

Regimental number71
Place of birthNuriootpa, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressArthur Street, Medindie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, David J McNamara, Medindie, South Australia
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 22 September 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll71A
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "12 April 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).
Recommendation date: 27 September 1918

FateDied of wounds 18 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David Joseph and Emma MCNAMARA, 11 Arthur Street, Medindie, South Australia

Military Medal

'For most efficient work and devotion to duty. On 14th March, 1917, at GREVILLERS he personally installed a power buzzer in that village when it was under constant shell fire. On 25th March, 1917, in connection with the attack on LAGNICOURT by the 7th Australian Infantry Brigade, he was the operator who attempted to establish wireless communication with the front line. This Sapper has done excellent work in the field since last November, from the first he was a volunteer for carrying a power buzzer forward in an advance, but as no opportunity occurred he was usually managed to be in the most dangerous corners with either a power buzzer amplifier or listening post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-14 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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