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Harry Bertie COLE

Regimental number206
Place of birthDorset England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Cole, Thornicombe, Blandford, Dorset, England
Enlistment date29 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentAble Bodied Driver
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 1 January 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 2 May 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 6 June 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a heavy shell fire at the commencement of an action he was severely wounded. As the battery was suffering heavy casualties, he refused to leave his gun and continued to direct and control his detachment until 'Cease Fire" was given. As he was leaving for the dressing station an S.O.S. call was received from the infantry. He immediately returned and effectively controlled his gun until the battery ceased firing. His sterling courage, work, and determination during a most critical period was worthy of great praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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

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