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Rupert REES

Regimental number5457
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMechanic
AddressCroyden Street, Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Rees, Croyden Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Depot Unit of Supply
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack east of HAMEL, on the morning of the 8th August, 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of a gun team. At the time he was well forward with the attack. Noticing an enemy machine gun nest bringing its fire to bear from in rear of his position, thereby holding up the oncoming wave, he quickly appreciated the situation, got his gun into action, and smothered the nest with fire, thereby enabling the Infantry to rush and capture same. By his prompt action in seizing the situation he undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades and prevented the attack being held up. Throughout the whole operation he set a fine example of fighting skill and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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