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Alfred Royal Vivian STAFFORD

Regimental number1579
Place of birthManilla New South Wales
Other NamesAlfred Royal
OccupationMotor driver
AddressCamden, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Alfred Stafford, Brownlow Hill, Camden, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 13th October, 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of a detail of ammunition wagons on the MENIN ROAD, east of YPRES. Enemy shelling blocked the road by disabling a wagon in front of this N.C.O.'s party. This N.C.O. went forward and cleared the road of the disabled wagon, which was holding up the whole traffic, and which had been deserted by its own men. Shelling at this point was very heavy. His action enabled the block on the road to be cleared, and he showed great coolness and resourcefulness in relieving an awkward and dangerous situation. His action deserves special recognition. Awarded Military Medal 2nd December, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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