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Herbert William SKEOCH

Regimental number1956
Place of birthSt John's Canada
OccupationPoultry farmer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs Bessie Skeoch, 120 Stawell Street, Burnley, Victoria
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1916

Military Medal

'On the night of December 19/20, 1915 at Gallipoli these men [SKEOCH, 462 E.R. SMITH, 1043 S. SMITH, 859 L.C. MORREY] were among the last of the 22nd Battalion to leave the trenches in front of Johnston's Jolly. A front of about 550 yards of trench was divided up between them and their duty was to develop sufficient fire along the whole front to make conditions appear normal. This was successfully done, the men using different loopholes in their allotted areas. They were on this work for 2 1/2 hours.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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