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Luke Sanders DEVILAND

Regimental number4379
Place of birthPaymont New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address28 Stafford Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Jacobs, Homes Recreation Grounds, Yarra Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919

Military Medal

'Whilst the 54th Battalion Headquarters was situated at J.14.b.2.8. in the old German Strong point in GLENCOURSE WOOD, Signaller DEVELAND displayed great coolness and devotion to duty, in assisting in the maintenance of communication between Battalion Headquarters and Cable Head Station (400 yards to the rear) and Battalion Headquarters and Company Headquarters (about 550 yards forward). On eight occasions, in company with Corporal KETCHEN and Signaller Pratt he repaired these lines under very heavy shell fire, and on three occasions volunteered to carry messages forward through an enemy barrage area, which had disconnected the line, and made all mechanical means of communication impossible.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Date of death25 November 1969
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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