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Gilbert Roy OATS

Regimental number538
Place of birthMoonta South Australia
AddressMoonta Mines, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Laura Oats, Moonta Mines, South Australia
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Bray-sur-Somme on 22 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1918

Military Medal

'On the 22nd August, 1918, during operations east of BRAY SUR SOMME, the Company's position was heavily shelled for a period of three hours. During the whole of that period Private OATS, who is a stretcher bearer, continued to dress the wounded and remove them to the Aid Post. He worked without shelter of any kind and at great personal risk. This is only one of the many occasions in which Private OATS has in a similar capacity shown an utter disregard of danger and a noble spirit of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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