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Regimental number4765
Place of birthParramatta New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWentworth Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Denzel, Wentworth Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 24 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near LIHONS on 19th August 1918. At 8.30 p.m. the enemy attacked the Canadians on our right flank. This soldier was a member of a Lewis Gun team and after the No. 1 had been killed he took charge of the Gun. In spite of a heavy machine gun and artillery barrage he daringly occupied a commanding position. Using his gun with remarkable skill and initiative he succeeded in enfilading the enemy's right flank causing many casualties among the attacking enemy force. The promptness and fine fighting spirit shown by Private DENZEL set a splendid example to the men about him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 October 1969
Place of burialNoraville Cemetery

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