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Harold Ernest CLIFTON

Regimental number523
Place of birthStrathfield New South Wales
AddressElizabeth Clifton, Cooper Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Clifton, Cooper Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer led his platoon with conspicuous skill and marked initiative although wounded early in the attack. Despite his wound, he continued to lead his men, and inspired them with confidence, showing absolute disregard for his own personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: [3024] Lt Cecil John CLIFTON MC, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Re-embarked from Sydney, 9 april 1916, as 523 Sergeant, 17th Bn, 11th Reinforcement, on board HMAT A71 'Nestor'.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 June 1976

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