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Percy Clarence BOTTRELL

Regimental number991
Place of birthByng New South Wales
Address74 Hastings Street, Botany, Sydney
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMrs Elizabeth Bottrell, 74 Hastings Street, Botany, Sydney
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameSignal Troop 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On 26th September, 1917, Corporal BOTTRELL was given urgent despatches to deliver to BIRR CROSS Road east of YPRES for Brigades in the line. Although the road was being shelled heavily near his destination, he proceeded on until the concussion of a bursting shell threw him off his motor cycle. Bruised and badly shaken, he remounted his machine and completed his journey and returned again at great personal risk over the same road with despatches for Divisional Headquarters, although the shelling was just as severe. By his pluck and determination, he not only succeeded in delivering important despatches in time, but set a fine example to the other despatch riders in his section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: [2233] Lt Reginal Harley BOTTRELL, 4th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 October 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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