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Sydney John FOLKES

Regimental number1287
Place of birthHalls Gap Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressFyans Creek, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, George Folkes, Fyans Creek via Stawell, Victoria
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateKilled in Action 1 October 1918
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 2), Gouy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Medals

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. After all Company Runners had been wounded, he volunteered to act as a runner in the Forward Area where the shell-fire was intense. Not only did he do this, but when the men were digging in, he assisted and his courage and cheerfulness were a fine example to all who saw him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1288 Pte George Allan FOLKES, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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