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Hugo Oswald RATHKE

Regimental number852
Place of birthBlyth South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPainter
AddressArdrossan, Yorke's Peninsula, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary W Rathke, Ardrossan, Yorke's Peninsula, South Australia
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near LE VERQUIER on the 18th September, 1918. Corporal RATHKE, noticing his company had been temporarily held up, with great judgement and initiative, led his section to the flank for the purpose of enfilading the enemy post. Meeting with heavy machine gun fire he was forced to return, but, on securing sufficient grenades, he again led his section and with the aid of rifle grenades overcame the opposition. His work throughout the operations set a fine example of grit and determination and inspired great confidence in the men of his platoon.'
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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