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Walter Harold ELKINGTON

Regimental number4106
Date of birth--/08/1892
Place of birthMilthorpe New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
AddressSummer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, H Elkington, 'Shirley', Kensington Road, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 29 September 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 17 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

''On the morning of the attack on the 8th August 1918, east of Villers Bretonneux, near Amiens, in the Warfusee line, he personally captured two posts which were holding up the advance, killing several of the occupants, and taking the rest prisoners. He then went on until held up by another post. After dealing with it he went out and led an attack on M.W. position. He was put out of action by a bomb, which wounded him severely. Throughout the attack he set a magnificent example to his men by his utter disregard of personal danger and by his coolness.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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