|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Yarram, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||112 Maling Road, Canterbury, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Elizabeth Adelaide Abercrombie, 112 Maling Road, Canterbury, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||22nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/39/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||22nd Battalion|
Unit: General Infantry Reinforcements
Unit: 22nd Battalion
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Mention in Despatches
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack when our advance was held up by the fire of a hostile machine gun, this officer rushed forward with a bomb, with which he killed the gunner and put the gun out of action. Rallying the men, who had been checked, he charged forward with fearless energy, and captured, after a hand-to-hand fight, the objective in his front, securing fifteen prisoners. Throughout the operation his coolness under heavy fire and his disregard for danger set a very fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 28 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 September 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France from England, 16 November 1916.
Reverts to the rank of Private, 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 22 November 1916.
Promoted Acting Sergeant with extra pay, Etaples, 22 November 1916.
Reverts to the rank of Private, 3 December 1916.
Taken on strength of 22nd Bn, in the field, 5 December 1916.
Promoted Lance Corporal, 13 December 1916.
Marched into Cadet School of Instruction, Cambridge, England, 7 April 1917, and posted to 2nd Officers Cadet Bn.
Proceeded overseas to France, 18 August 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, 19 August 1917.
Taken on strength of 22nd Bn, 23 August 1917.
Admitted to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 3 January 1918 (scabies); transferred to No 10 Stationary Hospital, St Omer, 22 January 1918; discharged, 9 February 1918, and rejoined 22nd Bn the same day.
Received special mention in Sir Douglas Haig's Dispatch, 7 April 1918.
Admitted to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station, 15 August 1918 (venereal disease: syphilis); transferred to No 8 General Hospital, 24 August 1918; to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 24 August 1918; discharged to Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 5 October 1918: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 52 days.
Rejoined 22nd Bn, 9 October 1918.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 1 November 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 15 December 1919; appointment terminated Melbourne (discharged), 6 February 1920.Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ABERCROMBIE Percy John|