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Hurtle James BAGSHAW

Regimental number3682
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressWeetulta, via Moonta, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, James Bagshaw, Weetulta, via Moonta, South Australia
Enlistment date19 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Clan Mcewan on 28 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 9th August, 1918 during 2nd Australian operation East of AMIENS whilst in charge of Horsed Ambulance Wagons, working between HARBONNIERES and BYONVILLERS, the Loading Post was very heavily shelled with H.E. about 2 p.m. There were about 20 stretcher cases lying about in the open and it was owing to the coolness of this N.C.O. while supervising the loading of the wagons that these cases were got away without further casualties. Later, by maintaining close contact with the stretcher bearers as they followed behind the Infantry, he established a Loading Post for his Wagons, just West of FRAMERVILLE. From that time onward, he directed his Wagons across tracks and roads quite impassable for Motor traffic and he was of the very greatest service in the evacuation of the wounded. For the greater part of the route they were under direct observation and it was very frequently subjected to heavy bursts of H.E. at various points. By his good judgement and gallantry he was able to get his patients through without casualties by constantly selecting new routes across the open country. From the night 7/8th August, to the 10th August, his work was marked by the greatest efficiency, bravery and coolness under fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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

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