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Robert Henry WINCHESTER

Regimental number3448
Place of birthPort Adelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAttendant
AddressStanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Winchester, 127 Cardigan Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a Stretcher Bearer on the night 12th/13th August 1918 near LIHONS. While his platoon was engaged constructing a strong point they were heavily shelled, two other ranks being killed and six wounded. Private WINCHESTER assisted by another bearer dressed the wounded and made three trips to a R.A.P. along a track which was heavily barraged the whole time. He showed bravery, determinatiion and devotion to duty and was undoubtedly instrumental in saving life.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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