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Karl Edward PETERSEN

Regimental number2007
Other NamesPETERSON
ReligionMethodist
OccupationHorticulturist
AddressMildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Thomas Edward Petersen, Mildura, Victoria
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 27 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For gallant leadership and capacity for handling detachments in difficult situations. At WYTSCHAETE on night of 27th December, 1917, his usual conduct was exemplified by his action in rushing to the rescue of a gunner in a dug out blown in by a 5.9S shell, during a bombardment of the position with H.E. and gas shell. The Dug out was blazing at the time and on extricating the injured gunner, Sergeant PETERSONS had himself to be pulled out of the debris. His personal valour is always an example to the men of his Unit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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