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Regimental number1173
ReligionChurch of England
AddressForbes Street, Hornsby, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Bushell, Forbes Street, Hornsby, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919

Military Medal

'In the operations north east of GUEUDECOURT on night 4th/5th February, 1917, Private BUSHELL was in charge of a Lewis gun. He was stationed on the left of "A" Company and was fiercely attacked by enemy bombers. With great coolness, although bombs were falling around, he opened fire on the enemy advancing in support of the attackers. He climbed up to a high point after the men in the open had been dealt with and fired down into the trench that was concealing the enemy's bomb section. All his crew but one were knocked out but he remained on his gun for 21 hours without relief. His coolness and bravery were exceptional. Owing to the cold he had a good deal of trouble with his gun but he always quickly put the stoppages right. He was exposed to very heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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

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