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Herbert William MOTT

Date of birth13 October 1886
Place of birthKatunga, Victoria
Address73 Salisbury Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Mott, 73 Salisbury Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Previous military serviceInst'l Staff
Enlistment date1 March 1918
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name8th General (Victorian) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 23 July 1918
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Other details

Together with Lt Reginald Roy SHANKS, he tracked down 1485 Pte Percy George STAFFORD, 48th Bn, a deserter described as a 'desperate criminal' armed with a revolver and thought to be responsible for the murder of a civilian in Brussels. When Stafford was cornered in a cafe in Charleroi, and attacked Shanks in an attempt to escape, he was shot dead by Mott. The unit war diary for 26 February 1919 concluded: 'Great commendation is due to Lieut. Shanks and Lieut. Mott for their resource and gameness, and undeniable credit to the Battalion for their original and effective means of capturing and terminating the career of a man who brought discredit to the honourable record of the 48th Battalion.'

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 2 October 1939; discharged, 30 May 1945, as V80047 Captain, Army Headquarters, O Branch.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MOTT Herbert William

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