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Regimental number6968
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
AddressLiverpool Road, Enfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Ernest Ayres, chemist, Liverpool Road, Enfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Makarina on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919

Military Medal

'On the 16th, 17th and 18th October, 1917, while working on a duckwalk track between Brigade Headquarters and ZONNEBEKE, these sappers on three separate occasions volunteered to repair the track where it had a few moments before been broken by shell fire, and where it was still being shelled. It was owing to their courage, disregard of danger, and initiative that this means of communication was kept in good order and the carrying back of wounded and transport of stores to the front line was greatly facilitated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 November 1956
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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