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Ben SHAW

Regimental number2218
Place of birthBrewarrina New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrewarrina, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Arthur Shaw, Brewarrina, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 19 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the period 24-9-17 to 28-9-27, whilst the Headquarters 54th Battalion was situated in old German strong point (J.14.b.2.8) in GLENCOURSE WOOD, Privates [2472 R.J.] PLACE and SHAW were employed as Battalion Headquarters Runners. On thirteen different occasions when mechanical means of communication were impossible or the nature of the despatch prohibited it from being sent other than by runner, these men carried messages through a most intense enemy barrage. on four occasions they volunteered for this work. Their cheerfulness, devotion to duty and splendid example proved of inestimable value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 August 1957
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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