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Harold Francis YATES

Regimental number5277
Place of birthNewtown New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSurveyor
AddressTasmar, Bathurst Road, Katoomba, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs H H Yates, Tasmar, Bathurst Road, Katoomba, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Makarini on 1 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF1
Promotion date: 1 January 1919

Lieutenant


Unit: INF1
Promotion date: 1 April 1919

FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was attached to a section of 1st Field company employed on the construction of a strong point on BECELAERE RIDGE. As the senior N.C.O. of the Infantry party he gave most vaaluable assistance to the officer in charge of the work, in supervising his men and in keeping up a very high standard of discipline during the operations. He set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty and by his personality was able to encourage his men to their utmost to get the job finished.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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