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Regimental number2733
Place of birthRyde New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRyde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Joseph Whyatt, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2773
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations near NAUROY from 29th September to 1st October 1918. This man is a stretcher-bearer, and with Private WHYATT, M.M., rendered untiring service in carrying wounded men under intense shell and machine gun fire. On 30th September an intense barrage fell on our front line posts, which were under direct observation from the enemy who was only 300 yards away. Two men were severely wounded by the barrage and [2493] Private SMITH with Private WHYATT immediately rushed forward from Company Headquarters passing through the barrage and in spite of heavy machine gun fire directed at them carried one wounded man back and returning a second time, again passed through the barrage and came under concentrated fire from at least 4 enemy machine guns. With the utmost determination and disregard of personal danger they stuck to their task and brought the second wounded man back. Though exhausted, Private SMITH stuck to his task, and before the Company was relieved, carried out several wounded men passing over an area which was continually under the direct fire of enemy field and machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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