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Henry GILLAM

Regimental number832
Place of birthExton Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, MrsEllen Ruth Gillam, 76 Argyle Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date8 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Sergeant
Unit name40th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Italian Bronze Medal


Recommendation date: 11 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Recommendation date: 11 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the period 25 February to 17 September, 1918, he performed sterling services. As a platoon sergeant, on 28 March, near Morlancourt, he led and fought his platoon with great courage and judgment. Later, in the Buire sector, his enterprise and initiative was a splendid example to all. Transferred from his company to battalion headquarters, he did excellent work as provost sergeant and as acting regimental sergeant major during the indisposition of the then regimental sergeant major. He has done excellently throughout the period, and his coolness under fire and devotion to duty has won the unstinted admiration of all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Croix de Guerre (B), British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 November 1969
Place of burialCornelian Bay Crematorium

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