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Reginald Horace MORCOMBE

Regimental number13963
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
AddressElsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J Morcombe, 16 Long Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of 25th April, 1918, at Car Loading Post near VILLERS BRETONNEUX this man accompanied Lance Corporal G.H. HILLS to search for a wounded man, said to be lying in a shell hole in a gully off the VILLERS BRETONNEUX FOILLOY Road. This gully taken by our troops some hours previously, and not then clear of snipers. It was also heavily shelled at the time. After searching for some time the party was opened on, by an enemy sniper, from the precincts of the village. They crawled with the stretcher to the shell hole, attended the man and were bearing him back when the first sniper, reinforced by a second sniper, again fired on them. They reached the Car Loading Post with the patients, where the latter was dressed and evacuated. This man has on many other occasions, shown a fine sense of duty and total disregard of his personal safety in the search for and attention to wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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