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Hugh Gordon GARLAND

Regimental number2632
Date of birth15 December 1893
Place of birthAlberton, South Australia
Place of birthPort Adelaide, South Australia
SchoolPort Adelaide Public School, South Australia
AddressSussex Street, Alberton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Garland, Sussex Street, Alberton, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 21 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 3 May 1918
Place of death or woundingMonument Wood, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death24
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row R, Grave No. 18), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Annie GARLAND. Native of Alberton, South Australia

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded he assisted in clearing the enemy out of a trench, displaying great courage and initiative. Later he dug out men who had been buried, and superintended the work of consolidation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

In the battle of Pozieres, France, he was wounded, but remained on duty for some time; helped to clear the enemy out of the trench; assisted in digging out the men who had been buried; and superintended the work of consolidation. Invalided to England (awarded the DCM and commissioned); returned to Australia, June 1917. Re-enlisted, 9 November 1917. Killed in action, France, 3 May 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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