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Harold Palmer MUNRO

Regimental number5425
Place of birthSouth Melbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDriver
Address40 Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs F E Munro, 40 Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Immediate)


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 4th October 1917 during the operations East of WESTHOEK, near YPRES, Gunner Harry Munroe was one of the Forward Observing Officers party. Telephonic communication being impossible for the whole distance on account of the heavy shelling of the enemy, the line was laid part of the way and Gunner MUNROE was left in charge of the end of the line and instructed to act as relay runner if necessary. This man was wounded in the hand. Notwithstanding this he remained at his post. Later, the line to the rear being shattered, Gunner Munroe, although wounded, voluntarily returned with a runner from the Battery whom he guided to the F.O.O. He showed great courage, devotion to duty, and loyalty to his comrades under very difficult circumstances and is deserving of special recognition for his action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death14 May 1981

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