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Robert Thomas VERNEY

Regimental number1751
Place of birthPenrith New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMarrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Thomas Verney, Albermarle Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Peronne, 1 September, 1918, as a runner. He repeatedly carried messages under intense fire, and also assisted in bringing in wounded. He volunteered to go forward, and was able to bring back important information. His energy and coolness were a fine example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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