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Claude Butler FREEMAN

Regimental number1645
Place of birthWarracknabeal Victoria
AddressBrim, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jenne Freeman, same address
Enlistment date5 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
Recommendation date: 3 March 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the 11th/12th August, 1918, during operations on the SOMME, this N.C.O. worked in cooperation with the 41st Battalion and had charge of a Trench Mortar during the operations. Early in the attack he discovered that an enemy machine gun was likely to impede the advance and with absolute disregard of personal danger he selected a position from which he could engage this target. He succeeded in putting it out of action and killing the crew, and repeated this action on several occasions during the attack. his initiative in promptly dealing with the enemy considerably helped the Battalion in reaching its final objective.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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