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Regimental number4111
Place of birthMailer Flat Victoria
AddressMailor's Flat, Warrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Primmer, Mailor's Flat, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date6 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at VAUVILLERS on 9th August 1918 this N.C.O. was in charge of a Lewis Gun Section. During the advance his Company came under extremely heavy Machine Gun fire at close range in the open, and was held up. Corporal PRIMMER displayed great initiative and judgment in leading his Section forward into a position on the flank which commanded the enemy Machine Guns. He worked his way forward to within 100 yards of the enemy position. There he engaged the Machine Gun Post, put the 2 guns out of action and captured both teams, taking in all 8 prisoners. The Company was then enabled to resume its advance on the village with little opposition, and finally reached its objective with very few further losses. The skill and daring displayed by this N.C.O. in a very difficult situation very materially assisted the attack, and doubtless saved the lifes of many of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date11 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 21 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917. Wounded in action (remained at duty), 15 October 1917. Wounded in action (shell wound, left and right hand), 22 April 1918. Rejoined unit from hospital, 20 June 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 27 June 1918; Temporary Corporal, 29 July 1918. Transferred to 5th Bn, 14 January 1919. Promoted Lance Sergeant, 8 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, 8 September 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 October 1919; discharged, 11 December 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death29 January 1967

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