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Lewis Henry RADFORD

Regimental number17395
Place of birthBrixham England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShipwright
AddressBalmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Robert Radford, Bayview Terrace, Brixham, England
Enlistment date12 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameFebruary 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Mcgillivray on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For great courage and devotion to duty. In the neighbourhood of PERONNE, during operations August 29th,20th, 31st., September 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th., this Sapper has particularly distinguished himself in his work on the footbridges, and has rendered the utmost help to his Officer and N.C.O's by his dogged tenacity. Particularly on the night 2nd/3rd September when he patrolled, in a collapsible boat, the marshes and swamp of the SOMME, 300 to 400 yards in advance of our Outposts, and within 50 to 100 yards of the enemy, endeavouring to locate a way through the swamp for foot-tracks. Throughout these operations he inspired his comrades by his untiring energy, and behaved with the utmost coolness and bravery, without regard to personal risks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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