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Edward VICTOR

Regimental number617
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBiascope operator
AddressBlackburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFriend, Miss Rose Allen, Bakers Road, Blackburn, Victoria
Enlistment date5 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 27 December 1917
Place of burialWimereux Communal Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
STATED TO BE GILES, EDWARD VICTOR
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's trenches. He was sent forward to find a gap in the enemy's wire, and to return and act as guide to the raiding party. He found the gap, but was wounded in the knee on the way back, and was unable to move. He remained in "No Man's Land" during the barrage, and, when the party advanced, refused to be moved until he had seen them through the gap. His splendid courage and devotion to duty were a magnificent example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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