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Eddie Maitland PATTERSON

Regimental number509
Place of birthBundaberg Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter
AddressScotten Street, East Bundaberg, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William John Patterson, Scotten Street, East Bundaberg, Queensland
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "2 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD on 26/28th September, 1917, this soldier, by his zealous and untiring efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the wounded, and by his perfect sang froid under the most strenuous circumstances, he proved himself to be a stretcher bearer of the highest calibre. He attended to the wounded and helped to carry them back over 2000 yards out of ground that was literally raked by shell and rifle fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations of 29th and 30th September and 1st October these men [PATTERSON, 3574 W.J. HARVEY, 4874 G.H. WOODCROFT] acted as stretcher bearers, and throughout displayed a courage and devotion to duty which was the admiration of all ranks. On 29th September they brought back large numbers of wounded men of all units to the R.A.P. under an extremely intense artillery and machine gun fire. ON 30th September and 1st October they worked unceasingly, carrying the wounded through heavy artillery barrages and under direct enemy observation. By their cheerfulness and devotion to duty they set a splendid example to all ranks, and undoubtedly contributed to the saving of a large number of lives. At great personal risk Privates HARVEY and PATTERSON rescued an Officer from a burning tank, and brought him under cover.'

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