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Regimental number3113
Place of birthTumut New South Wales
AddressLockhart, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, James Edmund Bickerstaff, Lockhart, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'For his conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during our counter attack near DERNANCOURT on April 5th, 1918. This man at great personal risk rushed forward with L/Corporal TOOLONG under very heavy artillery and Machine Gun barrage and captured a British Lewis Gun which was in the hands of the enemy and causing considerable damage to his Company and hindering the advance. The capture of this gun enabled the Company to gain its objective with fewer casualties. This man continued to do excellent work until relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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