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Regimental number10473
Place of birthCarlton Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address113 Napier Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Shillinglaw, 113 Napier Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE during the operations on the morning of the 23rd instant, these telephonists [66512 W.M. LECKEY, 10143 R. DONNELLY, 10473 N. SHILLINGLAW, 9293 G.W.G. BELL] formed part of the F.O. party. During the day these men worked under great difficulty from the Forward O.P. station to the relay post under heavy fire and due to an utter disregard for personal safety succeeded in maintaining the line except for short periods. The F.O. Officer was thereby enabled to send back information of considerable tactical importance as regards the line held by our own Infantry, flash bearings of hostile batteries shelling our new positions, and enemy movement likely to develop into a counter-attack. Their conduct is deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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