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Benjamin Robert BIRD

Regimental number2335
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMechanic
AddressAuchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Benjamin Robert Bird, Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date15 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon to the attack with great gallantry, afterwards commanding his company during a counter-attack. He also made a daring reconnaissance single-handed of an enemy post, which he surprised, killing two and capturing the remaining twenty when his party came up. He set a very fine example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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

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