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Harold Ralph ABERCROMBY

Regimental number10229
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other NamesABERCROMBIE
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address44 Chatsworth Road, East Prahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Abercromby, 'Eltham', Northcote Terrace, Medindie, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 2, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Work at Ribemont on 24 April 1918 and at Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 22 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This man has been a member of the Battery since its formation and has never been away. He has fought in every engagement in which the Battery has taken part and has displayed noticeable bravery and ability. He has been brought to notice on several occasions for the care and attention devoted by him to the personnel and horses of his sub-section. Whilst the Battery was heavily shelled at RIBEMONT on 24th April 1918 he was brought to notice for his determination and coolness. On 8th August 1918 at VILLERS BRETTONEUX when the Battery was firing in the barrage it was subjected to heavy hostile fire: half his gun crew were wounded and he himself was wounded in the mouth and the next detachment wiped out. He kept his gun in action with the remainder of his crew under heavy fire showing great bravery and determination and fired the barrage throughout. He is an excellent soldier, well disciplined, gallant and very devoted to those in his charge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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