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Lewis Judah TOFLER

ReligionJewish
OccupationTailor
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Henry Tofler, 21 Bellvue Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service26th Infantry
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant (Honorary Lieutenant)
Unit name56th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Cross

'During the attack on Peronne, on 1st September 1918, when his platoon was held up in front of a strong point under intense machine gun fire by a thick belt of uncut wire, he crawled forward with two men, and was severely wounded in his attempt to cut the wire. He encouraged his companions to finish the task, and, when a way was made, he led the remnants of the platoon forward and shot the entire crew of one machine gun with his left hand. He was incapable of going forward owing to exhaustion from his severe injuries but rallied his men and sent them on, inspiring them all by his very gallant example and indomitable fighting spirit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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