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Wilfred Prior CHINNER

Regimental number3469
Place of birthBrighton, South Australia
SchoolAdelaide High School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressBrighton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Arthur Robert Chinner, Brighton, South Australia
Previous military serviceCadet Force
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 12 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Valuable services throughout action, encouraging others by example and coolness. (Polygon Wood 19-22 September 1917).'
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 10 August 1918
Place of death or woundingCreppe Wood
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row I, Grave No. II), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
58
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Grace CHINNER, Brighton, South Australia
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations at POLYGON WOOD east of YPRES on 19/22nd September, 1917, Cpl. CHINNER did excellent work throughout, but most especially when consolidating. His example and coolness encouraged those about him and through his ability and example in that portion of the line we were in a position to resist the enemy bombardment and were prepared for a counter attack. At night he was in charge of a listening post and through his untiring efforts the enemy were unable to approach unawares and do us harm. Again he, under extremely heavy machine gun fire, went out and directed the relieving Battalion to our line with an absolute disregard for his own personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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