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Walter Richard BIRKS

Regimental number7147
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
OccupationAgricultural expert
Addressc/o Dr Birks, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs J S Birks, c/o Dr Birks, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'For conspicuous service during enemy attack near Lagnicourt when he placed two howitzers in the road in order to bring direct fire on to the advancing enemy, thus proving of great assistance.'
Not awarded.
Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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