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Abel Richard SHEATH

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Place of birthAnnandale, Sydney, New South Wales
AddressAbeldene Crescent Street, Dobroyd Point Haberfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Sheath, Abeldene Crescent Street, Dobroyd Point Haberfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name18th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollNIG
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Richard spelt Richmond
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XII, Row C, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harris and Harriett SHEATH, "Abeldene", Crescent Street, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Prior to the attack this officer was wounded whilst engaged in forming a dump, but remained at duty, so that he was able to take part in the operations. On the Company Commander and all the remaining officers of his company and of the company of his left becoming casualties, he took command of the great part of two companies and rushed the enemy's position, repeatedly showing courage, coolness, and resource of a high order. The final objective was gained, consolidated and held during counter attacks through his cool bearing and utter disregard of danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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