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Albert Henry Arthur RUGE

Regimental number6612
Place of birthNormanton Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressForbes Street, Hawthorne, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Ruge, Forbes Street, Hawthorne, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date15 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'He was in charge of a section during the attack on the Beaurevoir system, near Peronne, on 3 October, 1918. On passing through the first objective, both his platoon officer and sergeant became casualties. He immediately took command and re-organized the platoon, continuing the advance to our position east of Vellevue Farm, and consolidated. When the enemy forced an entry into the farm, and our right flank was exposed, he withdrew to the line behind the farm, and, by his sections mutually supporting one another, he was enabled to occupy the new line with a minimum of casualties and without disorder. He displayed great gallantry and ability throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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