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Harold Joseph PRIME

Regimental number5202
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address161 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr J E Prime, Graham Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For great personal bravery and devotion to duty at LIHONS on 11th August 1918. During the heavy counter attack of the enemy Lance Corporal J.H. PRIME set a splendid example to his Lewis Gun crew and kept his gun firing singlehanded under heavy fire after all his men had become casualties. Later his gun was blown out and though wounded he continued to throw bombs and direct the remainder of the small garrison. He was the last man left in the bay but stuck to his post and bombed the enemy inflicting very heavy casualties. He continued single handed until relief came and would not leave until ordered to do so by an officer. He was personally responsible for preventing the enemy entering our trench and set a standard that was admired by all who saw him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 April 1956

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