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Robert Clive EGGINS

Regimental number416
Place of birthTumut New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDraper
AddressTingha, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Eggins, Tingha, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR line, North of ST. QUENTIN, on 3rd October, 1918, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry in dealing with an enemy machine gun post. While his Company was temporarily held up by barbed wire and machine gun fire, acting on his own initiative, he crawled forward for about 30 to 40 yards with his Lewis gun, under extremely heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and from this position opened a heavy and accurate fire on an enemy machine gun post which was causing heavy casualties. He succeeded in wiping out the crew of the enemy gun and thereby enabled his Company to advance. Lance Corporal EGGINS showed remarkable coolness and bravery throughout the whole of the operation, and set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 October 1956

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