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Harry TITCHEN

Regimental number1279
Place of birthMosman New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address36 Redan Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Frederick Titchen, 36 Redan Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 17 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 22nd/23rd September, 1917 when the buried cable to Brigade Headquarters was broken by a heavy barrage forward of BELLEWARDE RIDGE, Lance Corporal TITCHEN proceeded to the break, and although working in the dark, and exposed to the barrage throughout he worked on the fault until communication was restored. He was partially gassed with mustard gas, but remained at his post until the Division was relieved, thus giving a fine exhibition of determination in the face of extraordinary difficulties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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