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Richard Victor SHIELD

Place of birthBathurst New South Wales
Address98 John Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, J Shield, 98 John Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name17th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 November 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went forward under very heavy fire, and took charge of an advanced post at a critical time. Later, although his leg was broken, he remained in command of his men and succeeded in driving the enemy back.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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