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Claude Jabez POWTER

Regimental number661
Place of birthOrange New South Wales
OccupationShop assistant
Address9 Rosedale Street, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinWife, Mrs I Powter, Marine Parade, Watson's Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service6th AGA
Enlistment date27 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHeavy Artillery Group 36, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the battery position had to be vacated, this man, with one N.C.O., remained behind under heavy fire, and rescued stores necessary to put the guns in action in their new position. On a later occasin, these same two men maintained communication by signalling lamp between the F.O.O. and the battery position, under very heavy fire, enabling effective fire to be brought on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4919 Pte Ernest Lachlan POWTER, 53rd Bn, died of wounds, 1 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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