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Percy Charles RICHARDS

Regimental number2425
Place of birthRokewood Junction Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressLake Boga, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Wm. Richards, Rokewood Junction, Victoria
Enlistment date4 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 December 1917
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialBerks Cemetery Extension (rosenberg Plateau Plots) (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 46), Ploegsteert, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Louisa RICHARDS, Rokewood Junction, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'Near WARNETON, during a raid on the enemy, on the night 30th November/1st December 1917, this man displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He did very fine work in company with Private DONOHUE in searching and bombing enemy dugouts during raid and was instrumental in securing a live prisoner. Strength raiding party - 4 officers and 82 other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 5348 Lance Corporal Keith Colin Frederick COMB, 53rd Bn, killed in action, 1 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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