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Reginald John BURCHELL

Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionCongregational
OccupationRailway officer
AddressCottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Linda Burchell, Stuart Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 January 1917
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameRailway Unit, Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number15/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
Promotions

Lieutenant


Unit: No 4 Railway Section
Promotion date: 23 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 27 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in controlling railway operations, which involved the moving of troops and rolling stock and also the evacuation of wounded. He worked, with limited facilities for three days and nights continuously. It was due to his care and watchfulness that a successful evacuation was rendered possible, and that engines and rolling stock did not fall into the hands of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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