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Regimental number2127
Place of birthSurrey Hills, Victoria
SchoolSurrey Hills State School, Victoria
Address41 Empress Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet Anderson, 41 Empress Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date29 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal.
FateKilled in Action 30 September 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Place of burialUnicorn Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 24), Vend'huile, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Jannette ANDERSON (formerly OTTOSEN), 41 Empress Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria, and the late Peter OTTOSEN

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty in action. At a time when enemy shelling and machine gun fire were exceedingly heavy, he was indefatigable in his work as stretcher bearer and in organising other parties in this work. he stood out conspicuously and was an inspiring example to others.'
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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