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Regimental number32488
Place of birthGawler South Australia
OccupationMill hand
Address169 Patton Street, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFriend, Mrs R F Harvey, 169 Patton Street, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Villers Bretonneux on 5-6 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 6 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 September 1919

Military Medal

'On the night 5th/6th August at VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, this soldier was lead driver of a horse team in a G.S. wagon carrying stores to the battle position of his battery, when they were caught by a heavy barrage in the town. A shell exploding near them blew portion of a wall over on the teams and wagon, rendering the wheel driver insensible and wounding every horse in the team. Although the wagon pole was broken, this man unassisted repaired the damage and delivered the stores to his battery. He showed great courage and devotion to duty.'
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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