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Victor John WASLEY

Regimental number4145
Date of birth30 July 1888
Place of birthMyrtleford, Victoria
OccupationReceiving office, engineer
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lilian Nicholson Wasley, 89 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Junior Cadets.
Enlistment date8 July 1916
Place of enlistmentSale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on the night of May 1st 1918 when an attempt was being made to advanced our line. An attempt to seize a farm from the enemy brought very heavy machine gun fire and considerable artillery fire on our forward area. On four occasions our telephone lines between flank companies and the rear had been broken. Corporal WASLEY with utter disregard for enemy fire went forward on each occasion and remained at his task till all communication had been restored. By his gallant action Battalion headquarters was able to be advised of the situation promptly and much useful information was transmitted. His conduct during the operation had an inspiring effect on the men of his Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations West of BELLENGLISE on 18th/19th September, 1918. For continuously repairing telephone wires and keeping communication under heavy shell and machine gun fire. This N.C.O. was engaged in the open for hours at a relay station and deserves the highest praise for the way he performed his work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 May 1917; taken on strength, 46th Bn, 1 June 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 1 October 1917.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 December 1917 (hernia); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 December 1917; by Ambulance Train No 33 to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 25 December 1917; discharged to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 30 January 1918; to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 30 March 1918; rejoined unit, 4 April 1918.

Awarded Military Medal

Awarded Bar to Military Medal

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 14 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Beltana', 2 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 19 July 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 5 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 October 1962
Age at death74
Place of burialCremated, Springvale Crematorium, Victoria

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