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Edgar Harold BOOTH

Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLecturer in Physics, University of Sydney
Address'Felsted', Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J Booth, 'Felsted', Mowbray Road, Chatswood, New South Wales
Previous military service35th Infantry
Enlistment date9 June 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameMedium Trench Mortar Battery Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/129/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A47 Mashobra on 14 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 6 September 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706, 25 May 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165, 24 October 1918.
Recommendation date: 6 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, whilst carrying out a task of bombarding a strong position displayed courage of a high order. His gun position, being under a continuous heavy shell fire, was totally destroyed, and he had to construct another. Despite this, his tasks were performed exactly to schedule time, and completed so well that the positions were captured without opposition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 59940 Gunner Eric BOOTH, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 8 July 1919; Captain John Cooper BOOTH, Australian Army Medical Corps, returned to Australia, 9 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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