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Walter Cornelius ACWORTH

Regimental number13584
Place of birthPinkenba Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCannon Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Acworth, Cannon Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At a Collecting Port (BELLEWAARDE)) east of YPRES about 12 noon on 21st October, 1917, during very heavy shell fire, these two men [ACWORTH and 68 H. BOWDEN] saw two soldiers who were moving along about 100 yards away on the road apparently hit. They immediately took a stretcher and ran down to the men while shells were bursting around them the whole time. When they arrived at the spot where the men were lying they found that they were both dead. Their prompt and spontaneous act showed great courage and set a most excellent example to their fellow bearers at the Post. I recommend "immediate reward".'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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