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Alexander John TODD

Regimental number398
Place of birthBairnsdale Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressOrbost, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Grace E Todd, 76 Derby Street, Kensington, Victoria
Enlistment date11 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 3 October 1918
Place of burialDoingt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
130
Medals

Military Medal

'At the beginning of the operations of August 31st to September 1st 1918 near CLERY-sur-SOMME Private TODD rushed to within 30 yards of an enemy machine gun position, shot three of the enemy and put the remainder to flight and capturing the gun. About a mile further on a 77 mm gun was firing point blank at our advancing troops. TODD worked up to the gun and shot 5 of the crew, and thereby silencing the gun and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the advance this man did excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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