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Patrick SEXTON

Regimental number6108
Place of birthMount Macedon Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressMildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinFather, M. Sexton, Riddell, Victoria
Enlistment date24 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On BROODSEINDE RIDGE, east of YPRES, as battalion runner on the nights 15th/16th and 15th/17th October, 1917, he displayed magnificent courage and devotion to duty in carrying despatches forward to Companies during heavy and continuous enemy barrage fire. He set a fine example to all by his devotion to duty. During the night 16th/17th October, 1917, when all telephonic communication was cut for five hours, he repeatedly went out into heavy barrage with despatches, thus succeeding in keeping communication forward. He has on every previous occasion displayed the same energetic and self sacrificing spirit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6109 Pte Thomas Anthony SEXTON, 6th Bn, killed in action, 20 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 October 1962
Place of burialFootscray Cemetery

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