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Allan Lyle McPHERSON

Regimental number19634
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
OccupationApprentice fitter and turner
AddressTait Terrace, Croydon, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, W C McPherson, Tait Terrace, Croydon, South Australia
Previous military service28th Signal Company Army Engineers
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 29
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian General Base Depot
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918

Military Medal

'On the 12th October, 1917, near YPRES, Gunner MacPHERSON was on duty at the O.P. as Telephonist. He was on duty for a period of 24 hours, and was continually subjected to very heavy hostile shell fire. Work was carried under the most trying and dangerous circumstances. After lines had been repaired many times, and communications eventually broke down, Gunner MacPHERSON acted as Runner between the O.P. and the Battery carrying messages through intense shell fire. He showed complete disregard for his own personal safety, displaying great resource and initiative throughout the entire Operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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