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Wilfred Harold RAMSDEN

Regimental number6504
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Addresscorner of Mint and Leake Streets, Victoria Park East, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Ramsden, corner of Mint and Leake Streets, Victoria Park East, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Stationary Hospital 2, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/71/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied, wounded and broncho-pneumonia. DCM and MM.
FateDied of wounds 9 November 1918
Place of death or woundingEt?rat, France
Date of death9 November 1918
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialEtretat Churchyard Extension (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Elizabeth RAMSDEN, Ascot Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia. Native of Elsternwick, Melbourne

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was one of a forward observation party in an attack which suffered several casualties. When his officer was wounded he dressed his wounds, and, though wounded himself went forward with another officer in the attack. He remained at duty throughout the day repairing and maintaining lines under very heavy fire. He showed splendid courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Military Medal

'In front of HAMEL - VILLERS BRETONNEUX. On the 9th August 1918, bombardier RAMSDEN was in charge of specialists accompanying the F.O.O. At considerable risk from machine gun and shell fire, he crossed an area in full view of the enemy, and succeeded in establishing communication with his Battery. the telephone line was cut on several occasions, on each of which this N.C.O., without hesitation went out and effected the necessary repairs. By his efforts, at great personal risk, on account of severe machine gun and shell fire, he enabled the F.O.O. to be in almost constant touch with his Battery and thus to support the Infantry at a time when Artillery fire was most required. This N.C.O.'s total disregard of danger, devotion to duty and excellent example are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte Albert Edward Ramsden no. 6366.

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