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Albert Norman SYMES

Regimental number10683
Place of birthWandiligong Victoria
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address438 Point Nepean Road, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Symes, Tumut, New South Wales
Previous military service7th Field Company Engrs
Enlistment date27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack on the enemy trenches east of HAMEL, Sergeant SYMES, MM, was in charge of No. 2 forward party of the Brigade Signal Section. He skilfully manoeuvred his party forward under heavy artillery fire, and succeeded in establishing communication with Rear Brigade Headquarters within 30 minutes of the commencement of the barrage. Throughout the whole operation he set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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