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Robert CLIFFORD

Regimental number2567
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressPost Office, Dalby, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinBrother, John Clifford, Dalby PO, Dalby, Queensland
Enlistment date7 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. On night of 25th/26th September, 1917, when the buried cable from WESTHOEK to the front line was damaged by shell fire beyond immediate repair, Corporal CLIFFORD and Lance Corporal HINTON went out with a barrow party to lay two pairs of surface lines to the Cable Head for the attack. During their progress from WESTHOEK to ALBERT REDOUBT, with a party of five, two of the men collapsed from exhaustion and one was wounded, But Corporals CLIFFORD and HINTON, with dogged determination, went o alone and completed the work. On reaching Cable Head, it was found that the cables had been cut in several places behind them, but they returned and repaired the damage in time to have communication through by Zero hour, and with intermittent short periods they maintained it during the day, thus securing communication between Brigade Headquarters and Brigade Forward Station during the attack on 26th September, 1917.' Previous recommendation read: 'For bravery and determination in the field. He has a wonderful amount of grit and stuck untiringly to his post regardless of danger. During the 3rd and 12th April between BEUGNATRE and NOREUIL his duties in patrolling and repairing lines were mostly under very trying conditions and continuous shell fire, and although suffering from shell shock, he clung doggedly to his job, and begged not to be relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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