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Gordon Charles FARNHAM

Regimental number*176
Place of birthCessnock New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Thomas Farnham, Cessnock, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name3rd Field Ambulance, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll151
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).

FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For great gallantry on the 25th April, 1915, and throughout the landing operations near Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles). In attending to the wounded under a heavy fire, he showed the greatest zeal and disregard of danger, and at all times gave a fine exhibition of coolness and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 8844
Date: 6 September 1915

Military Medal

'In the operations against the enemy positons at MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 2nd/34d June, 1918 Corporal FARNHAM displayed great gallantry and initiative. When a gun close by which was firing on a very strong enemy machine gun position on the flank was put out of action, Corporal FARNHAM, regardless of his personal safety, carried the ammunition through the enemy's barrage to his own gun position and expended both his own and the disabled gun crews' quota. by great skill he was able to fire alternate shots at his own and the disabled gun crews' targets, thereby savidng casualties from flanking machine gun fire. He set a splendid example of gallantry and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death--/--/1921

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