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Regimental number388
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBoulder Road, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Retchford, Dalmar, Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', third Supplement, No.29522 (27 March 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 79 (6 July 1916).

FateKilled in Action 3 June 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialBorre British Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Julia RETCHFORD, "Dalmor", Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a patrol, he and a non-commissioned officer pushed forward in advance of the party, and succeeded in reaching the enemy wire. They were observed by the enemy, who opened up machine gun fire, by which the non-commissioned officer was wounded. He started to return carrying the non-commissioned officer with him, and, though he himself wounded on the journey back, he succeeded in bringing the wounded man to our lines. He showed courage and endurance of a high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross,1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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