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Valentine Christopher SPARROW

Regimental number5436
Place of birthSt Kilda Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHardware assistant
Address144 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, F Sparrow, 4 Money Street, Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919

Military Medal

'This man is a Company runner and during the operations near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917, did invaluable work. He went through enemy barrages again and again, to deliver messages to Battalion Headquarters concerning the movements of his Company, and during the attack and did splendid work running between the Company Commander and Platoon Commanders; subjected all the while to heavy machine gun and artillery fire. It was largely due to his splendid work that communication was uninterruptedly maintained from the forward line to Battalion Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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