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Joseph DAWE

Regimental number1739
Date of birth28 April 1888
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
Place of birthOtago, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr William Dawe, 70 Queen's Drive, Mussell Borough, Dunedin, New Zealand
Enlistment date13 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 3 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Sarah DAWE

Military Medal

'During the night operations north west of POZIERES on night 29th/30th August, 1916, the work of Signaller DAWE was most creditable. Knowing that his Brigadier was supervising operations from an advanced position, he went out under a heavy barrage and laid a direct telephone line to the G.O.C. Brigade, although it was outside the area of his own lien patrol. He then tapped in at a point about halfway and stayed out in an exposed position for four hours listening. Whenever the line broke he immediately repaired it. During the four hours the enemy maintained a heavy barrage, but his plucky and strenuous endeavours kept the communications intact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date15 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front (wounded in action: gas)

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death26 February 1932
Age at death43
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, New South Wales. Photo: Renata Kontrec

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