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Robert GARFORD

Regimental number1138
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDriver
AddressSpencer Road, East Camberwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kin..., Mrs J Galley, Manyard Road, Canterbury, Victoria
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Clery on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At CLERY, near MT.ST. QUENTIN, on the 31st of August 1918, this soldier was engaged as a linesman at the Brigade Forward Station. Throughout the day forward lines were repeatedly broken by enemy shell fire. Despite this Sapper FARFORD, with very conspicuous coolness patrolled the lines from end to end repairing one break after another. His untiring efforts were responsible for the constant maintenance of communications from the Brigade Station to the Battalions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death30 May 1969
Place of burialBoxhill Cemetery

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