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Lester Nichol SIMPSON

Regimental number3265
Place of birthParramatta New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLinotype mechanic
Addressshepherd Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Simpson, Shepherd Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

For bravery in the Field.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations on MONT ST. QUENTIN, North East of PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, this N.C.O. took charge of a small group of 5 men, and held the enemy from coming round the flank of the company. A shell fell in the position killing two and wounding three of the party. This N.C.O. directed the wounded out and fell back to the main line under heavy Machine Gun fire, where he took charge of a Lewis gun and personally kept up a stream of fire on the enemy who were trying an outflanking movement which was frustrated by his action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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