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Regimental number19945
Place of birthHealesville Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressThird Street, Black Rock, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, R W Whittenbury, Third Street, Black Rock, Victoria
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 31
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the recent operations since 22nd instant, this Non Commissioned Officer has, by his conspicuous gallantry and splendid devotion to duty, set an excellent example to the men of the Battery. He has served his gun throughout the whole time, displaying marked ability and although on many occasions, he was subjected to very heavy hostile shell fire, he showed an absolute disregard for his own personal safety. On 2nd instant, near CLERY-sur-SOMME, when two men of his detachment had become casualties, he himself kept the guns in action, until eventually it was put out of action by a direct hit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1967
Place of burialBallarat New Cemetery

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