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Alex Stewart PATERSON

Regimental number8431
Other NamesAlec
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressSouth Terrace, East Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Mayo Paterson, South Terrace, East Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date3 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. set an inspiring example at POZIERES on 7th August, 1916. When one telephonist was killed and another wounded he went to the instrument, and remained until cease fire was given, and the gun crew withdrew to cover. He has frequently remained under heavy fire at the telephone in order to convey instructions to the guns, and on three separate occasions went into the open under heavy fire to repair broken wires.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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