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Rolfe Valentine Irwin ORMSBY

Regimental number12036
Place of birthMolong New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressWoollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Charles Ormsby, 103 Moncur Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919

Military Medal

'Between 11th and 13th October, 1917, near PASSCHENDAELE, during operations, this man was in charge of a squad of stretcher bearers working from an Advanced regimental Aid Post and carried out his duties excellently despite the severity of the weather and the heavy enemy shelling. When very large numbers of stretcher bearers were incapacitated, Lance Corporal ORMSBY was indefatigable and set a splendid example of energy, cheerfulness and devotion to duty which inspired all his comrades at a time when all were fatigued. Several stretcher squads were blown up by the heavy enemy shelling on the track along which his squad were working, and shells were falling all around continually, but this N.C.O. never hesitated and was always ready to return for a further case.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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