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Regimental number8639
Place of birthDeep Lead, Victoria
AddressDeep Lead, Stawell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Davidson, Deep Lead, Stawell, Victoria
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 6,Field Ambulance 6, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuously good work as stretcher bearer under heavy fire between Bullecourt and Noreuil.'
Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'These men [8639 R. DAVIDSON, 6436 K.F. LAWRENCE, 6577 L.F.C. MASTERS] were conspicuous for their excellent work during the recent operations near BULLECOURT. They continued for 44 hours from 11.30 p.m. on May 5th 1917 to 7.30 p.m. on May 5th 1917 bearing wounded from the 5th Brigade Aid Post east of BULLECOURT to the Advanced Collecting Station, NOREUIL being under very heavy enemy fire during the whole time. During this period they covered a distance of over 30 miles. These men were in different bearer squads and kept up the moral of the bearers of their respective squads by their coolness and determination in the face of danger, and in spite of all physical fatigue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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