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Edward William Hamilton BAILEY

Regimental number763
Other NamesHAMILTON, Edward William
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer's fitter
Address22 Octavia Street, St. Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agnes Louise Bailey, PO, Railway Station, St. Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAnzac Cyclist Battalion, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number12/2/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Cyclists' Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on 14 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 24 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at MONT de MERRIS near STRAZEELE, France, on 14th April, 1918. During a heavy attack Private BAILEY heedless of the heavy barrage passed through and warned the front line posts of a flank attack. At all times during the operations he showed great courage and utter disregard of personal safety and was instrumental in keeping communication with his Company posts during the heavy barrage. At all times he was under direct observation and was subjected to heavy machine gun fire in addition to the barrage fire. His bravery earned for him the greatest admiration of all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette No 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Statutory Declaration, 2 August 1918, stated true name to be Edward William HAMILTON.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 1105 Edward William Hamilton BAILEY for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAILEY Edward William Hamilton

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