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Gilbert Simpson HAINING

Regimental number1300
Place of birthKaiapoi New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraphist
Address632 Doveton Street, North Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMrs. A. Haining, 632 Doveton Street, North Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date28 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Signal Company Engineers Reinforcement 6 and Reinforcement 7
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 28 June 1915
For ships are listed as embarking the 6th and 7th Reinforcements of the 1st Signal Company Engineers: HMAT A 35 'Berrima' (28 June 1915), HMAT A 30 'Borda' (23 June 1915); HMAT A62 'Wandilla (25 June 1916), and HMAT RMS 'Persia (10 August 1915). It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
For ships are listed as embarking the 6th and 7th Reinforcements of the 1st Signal Company Engineers: HMAT A 35 'Berrima' (28 June 1915), HMAT A 30 'Borda' (23 June 1915); HMAT A62 'Wandilla (25 June 1916), and HMAT RMS 'Persia (10 August 1915). It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
For ships are listed as embarking the 6th and 7th Reinforcements of the 1st Signal Company Engineers: HMAT A 35 'Berrima' (28 June 1915), HMAT A 30 'Borda' (23 June 1915); HMAT A62 'Wandilla (25 June 1916), and HMAT RMS 'Persia (10 August 1915). It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Persia on 10 August 1915
For ships are listed as embarking the 6th and 7th Reinforcements of the 1st Signal Company Engineers: HMAT A 35 'Berrima' (28 June 1915), HMAT A 30 'Borda' (23 June 1915); HMAT A62 'Wandilla (25 June 1916), and HMAT RMS 'Persia (10 August 1915). It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 6 September 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'At YPRES on the 6th September 1917 the line to the Forward Observing Officer was broken in several places by enemy shell fire. Sergeant HAINING was sent to re-establish communication and carried out his task quickly and efficiently notwithstanding a heavy barrage through which he had to pass. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by this N.C.O. was of a high order and an excellent example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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