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Walter Leslie VINCE

Regimental number288
Place of birthLower Longley Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLower Longley, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Robert Stephen Vince, Lower Longley, Tasmania
Previous military service93rd Infantry
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Military Medal

'On the 7th and 8th June, 1917, during the operations south of MESSINES, for conspicuous gallantry and bravery whilst under heavy hostile fire. This man acted as a runner from the Brigade forward station remaining on duty for 48 hours and carrying messages continuously for a period of ten hours when no telephonic communication was possible owing to the cutting of communications by the enemy barrage. He made repeated journeys to the rear, and was instrumental in keeping Brigade communications intact. He showed an utter disregard for danger and displayed untiring courage throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 October 1964
Place of burialCarr Villa Cemetery

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