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Clifford James SEARLE

Regimental number3896
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWarehouseman
Address385 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Maline Searle, 385 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Field Ambulance, C Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship members of this unit sailed on. Two ships left from Sydney: the 'Ajana' on 31 May 1915 carrying three officers and 98 men and the 'Ceramic' on 25 June 1915 carrying three officers and 129 men.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On May 3rd 1917 these men [3896 C.J. SEARLE, 2902 A.T.A. WATTERS] were on duty at the Ambulance Wagon Loading Post, near NOREUIL. At 3.00 p.m. the shelling was so severe that the Post had to be moved. These men speedily removed ten patients under very heavy shell fire. They continued at work for 36 hours without rest and loaded 400 to 500 patients on to wagons, all the time under more or less heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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