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Albert Ernest BYRNE

Regimental number19961
Place of birthGoldsborough, Victoria
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressHolyoake, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Byrne, 124 Charles Street, Northcote South, Victoria
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 31
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 April 1918

FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'On the 26th September, 1917, at POLYGON WOOD, Gunner BYRNE acted as runner to the Artillery Liaison Officer (Lieutenant I.K. Harrison). He showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying important messages under heavy hostile fire, and in addition, voluntarily assisted the Infantry in other important messages, during this work passing repeatedly through heavy enemy barrages throughout the day.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'On 24th April, 1918, between the Rivers SOMME and ANCRE, east of HEILLY, during the exceptionally heavy enemy bombardment with H.E. and gas, this N.C.O. displayed great courage and devotion to duty whilst acting as linesman for the Battery. For several hours under the heaviest shell fire he was out repairing telephone lines, endeavouring to maintain communication with Group Headquarters, under the most severe conditions. His complete disregard for personal safety, and devotion to duty, set a splendid example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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