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Albert John FARNDEN

Regimental number3259
Place of birthMcLaren Vale South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation boundary rider
AddressSaddleworth, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Farnden, Saddleworth, South Australia
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Brigade Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at ETERPIGNY on morning of 8th September 1918 when an enemy plane dropped 5 bombs on Brigade Headquarters and set fire to a large German ammunition dump, containing shells (up to 8 inch), flares, bombs and other explosives, which was within 25 yards of Brigade headquarters and 12th Australian Field Ambulance horse lines. Driver FARNDEN went to the assistance of the animals, despite the fact that shells from the burning dump were exploding on all sides. by his fearlessness and prompt action in releasing and conducting horses to safety he saved many casualties to valuable animals.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 492 Lance Corporal Alfred Lewis FARNDEN, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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