Harry Francis CARTWRIGHT

Regimental number2022
Place of birthTamworth New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address64 Smith Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Cartwright, 64 Smith Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For great resource and devotion to duty during the Bullecourt operation when laying buried cable under enemy fire.'
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Bar to Military Medal

'Work near Peronne on 5 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was engaged in burying cable at night to the front line, preparatory to offensive operations East of BULLECOURT. He repeatedly displayed great resource and devotion to his duty, in particular on the night of April 26/27th, 27/28th, 1917. The working party was subject to enemy fire, during which he displayed remarkable coolness and devotion to duty in laying out the cable, preparatory to burying.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'This N.C.O. on the 2nd of September 1918, on the west bank of the SOMME near PERONNE, displayed great coolness and bravery under extremely heavy enemy artillery fire. The cable route which he had early in the day assisted in constructing, was constantly broken by enemy shelling. During this period, with a great disregard for personal safety, he patrolled and kept in repair this section of the route thus effecting constant communication to the Advanced Divisional Station which was located well forward with the Brigade Station. It was mainly through his effort that communication was maintained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4083 Pte John William CARTWRIGHT, 19th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Middle East, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 August 1973