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Albert Newton RENNIE

Regimental number1030
Place of birthCarlton Victoria
Address887 Drummond Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Alex Rennie, 887 Drummond Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Enlistment date30 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. Sergeant RENNIE is the Lines Sergeant of No. 3 Section attached to the 14th Australian Infantry Brigade. During the operations of 30th September 1918 and 1st October 1918 on the BELLENGLISE-BELLICOURT front he was in charge of a forward Signal Relay Post in BELLICOURT which he established and supervised continuously for 48 hours. During this period he frequently went out to effect repairs to cables, both back to Brigade Headquarters near TEMPLEUX-la-GUERARD and forward to Battalions. He displayed great coolness and gallantry in this work which had to be performed under heavy enemy shell fire. When lines were holding well he several times took his turn at the switchboard and was always eager to undertake any duty connected with the successful maintenance of communication. It was undoubtedly due to his devotion to duty, energy, and courage, in which respects he proved an excellent example to others, that communication between Brigade Headquarters and Battalions was successfully maintained during an important period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death15 January 1949

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