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Regimental number12659
Date of birth29 January 1890
Place of birthBirmingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
Address327 Oxide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Pettigrove, 615 Burwood Road, Auburn, Victoria
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Motor Transport Company
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularExposed to mustard gas (Ypres, Belgium?) and blinded for 6 weeks; also suffered shell shock.
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919

Military Medal

'During heavy shelling on the night of 6th/7th May, 1917, Driver PETTIGROVE was standing by with Motor Ambulance at 'BREWERY' Advanced Dressing Station, a shell struck a detached building about 15 yards away in which Private O'DEA was sheltering, severely wounding him and causing extensive haemorrage. on learning the facts of the case, Driver PETTIGROVE at once said "Come on, we must get him out" and followed by Private SPENCER, he went across and having dressed Private O'DEA's wounds, under heavy shell fire, both H.E. and shrapnel, carried Private O'DEA to shelter. Later on he drove the wounded man to the main Dressing Station, along roads still under fire. Driver PETTIGROVE's action is particularly good, as being a motor driver, it is no part of his duty to bring in wounded under fire. The action of these two men undoubtedly prevented Private O'DEA from bleeding to death.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 109
Date: 15 September 1919

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 6th and 7th September, 1918. He evacuated cases from the R.A.P.. on the main PERONNE - ROISEL Road and afterwards in vicinity of HAMEL when the R.A.P. moved forward. On both days there was a lot of shelling round the R.A.P. and he ad to drive his car through heavy enemy shelling to evacuate the wounded. This he did with disregard for his own personal safety and with great cheerfulness. On several occasions when the line had advanced some distance from the R.A.P. he voluntarily took his car forward to bring down some wounded men who were on the roadside, passing through heavy shell fire to do so. He worked continuously for the two days without a spell and was instrumental in getting the wounded quickly to the Dressing Station, thus ensuring speedy medical attention for their wounds and alleviation of their pain.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsb. 29 January 1890
Date of death14 April 1967
Age at death77
Place of burialBroken Hill Cemetery, New South Wales

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