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Victor CORBY

Regimental number5669
Place of birthNakkila, Finland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11.75"
Weight184 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Cronroos, Ruskila, Nakila, Finland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 3 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917

Military Medal

'On night 4th/5th February, 1917, during the attack on enemy trenches east of GUEUDECOURT, the Company in which Private CORBY is a Company stretcher bearer suffered proportionately very heavy casualties. Carrying a stretcher by himself CORBY was into the captured trench with the first wave of the assault. He immediately set to work with a few helpers to minister to the needs of his wounded comrades. Under incessant shell fire his work was carried out with the utmost coolness and gallantry. Then calling for volunteers to assist him, he made nine trips to the R.A.P. with the most severe cases, each time traversing the area o the enemy barrage and open spaces swept by hostile machine gun fire. Though his helpers often became exhausted, CORBY continued with his bearing, working at high pressure for three days without rest.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded). Proceeded overseas to France, 23 September 1916; taken on strength, 13th Bn, 4 October 1916.

Awarded the Military Medal 22 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 10 April 1917 (shell wound, left leg); admitted to 7th General Hospital, Etretat, 13 April 1917; transferred to England, 3 May 1917; admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 4 May 1917 (mental illness); transferred to Lord Derby's War Hospital, Warrington, 8 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia, 21 July 1917; disembarked Melbourne; discharged, 13 June 1918 (melancholia).

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Subsequently returned to Finland; medals despatched to Finland, 29 November 1923.

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