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Edmund Wilkinson CHALLIS

Regimental number1322
Place of birthBeeac, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDrpaers assistant
AddressBeeac PO, Beeac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A Challis, Wilson Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 September 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry in action and devotion to duty. During the operations East of PERONNE on the 6th/7th September, 1918, Sergeant CHALLIS was in charge of a flank guard liaison patrol working between the 42nd Battalion and the left flank troops. In spite of very heavy Machine Gun and Artillery fire, he continued to keep up a supply of timely information, and repeatedly cleared up hazy situations at great personal risk. From his information we were enabled to pin point the line of the flank troops and so make our dispositions conform, and the cheerful and thorough manner in which he performed his task contributed largely to the success of our left Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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

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