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Herbert Walter AUSTIN

Regimental number1371
Place of birthSisters Creek, Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressSister Creek, North West Coast, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Austin, Sister Creek, North West Coast, Tasmania
Enlistment date15 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF50
Promotion date: 24 September 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: INF50
Promotion date: 24 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 19th October, 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of a party laying and repairing a duckwalk track to DE KNOET FARM near BROODSEINDE, near YPRES. It was important in view of a Brigade relief that the track should be in good order. Enemy shelling continually destroyed the work at may points, but despite this he persevered with the work and by his example and devotion to duty inspired his men to continue, with the result that the track was kept in good repair and the relief greatly facilitated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1703 Lance Corporal Gordon Isaac AUSTIN, 4th Bn, killed in action, 5 May 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1929

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