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Regimental number3596
Place of birthBalmain New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNorwood, Warren Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, L Oakley, Norwood, Warren Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For exceptionally good work under very heavy enemy barrage by assisting the wounded, rallying men and maintaining the supply of small arms ammunition and bombs.'
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 20 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialButtes New British Cemetery (Plot XXX, Row B, Grave No. 4), Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Lewis and Madeline OAKLEY, 2 Francis Street, Marrickville, New South Wales. Native of Balmain, New South Wales

Military Medal

'During the operation against the HINDENBURG Line near NOREUIL on 3rd/4th May Corporal OAKLEY was one of a carrying party and worked continuously for over 60 hours, often under very heavy barrages. he showed an utter contempt for danger, rallying the men, assisting the wounded, and maintaining the supply of S.A.A. and bombs from forward battle dump to the front line. He set a splendid example, and his behaviour inspired the men when passing through a barrage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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