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Regimental number5337
Place of birthGalica Rumania
Address67 Brewer Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, B Bercowitch, 67 Brewer Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 April 1919

Military Medal

'This man displayed great courage, energy and resource during the whole of the operation before REINCOURT on the morning of the 11th April 1917. One Lewis Gun team was entirely annihilated. He filled some empty magazines from the pouches of the dead and went from end dot end of the section of enemy trenches held by us looking for and finding targets. This he did for four hours and did great execution amongst the enemy. When the end came and he was called on to surrender he made a dash for freedom and took his Lewis gun with him. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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