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Oliver William OLDFIELD

Regimental number1942
Place of birthSt Arnaud Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressUma Street, St Arnaud, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, T Oldfield, Uma Street, St Arnaud, Victoria
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Herleville on 18 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS on 18th August during the attack this man was No. 1 on a Lewis Gun. When the barrage opened he had his gun and crew in a post in our original front line. Observing that the left portion of the advance was being subjected to heavy Machine Gun fire from his front, he ran forward with his gun and brought it into action. His work in engaging these hostile guns drew much retaliatory fire upon himself and his crew and undoubtedly saved many casualties in our advancing waves. He remained in this exposed position throughout the day setting a splendid example of daring. His prompt initiative in bringing his gun into action from this quarter gave most valuable results.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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