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Benjamin BURNLEY

Regimental number1146
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLuprena, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBenjamin Burnley, Luprena, Tasmania
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Persia on 10 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Employment Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919

Military Medal

'In the WYTSCHAETE Sector (near MESSINES) during the evening of 11th August 1917, whilst the enemy was shelling 39th Battery position, a dump of ammunition consisting of some 500 rounds was hit and set on fire. Gunner BURNLEY with three others, at great personal risk immediately proceeded to extinguish the fire with the loss of only 50 rounds of ammunition. His prompt action was the means of preventing the total loss of this ammunition, possible casualties to personnel, and material. The work of extinguishing the fire was carried under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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