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Regimental number5024
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCivil servant
AddressMelbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, David Gillingham, 24 Gadd Street, Croxton, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military service54th Infantry
Enlistment date6 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations between BELLICOURT and NAUROY on 29th September 1918. This man was a member of a patrol which was sent out with the object of clearing up the position around the village of NAUROY. On reaching the village defences he displayed remarkable dash and reckless daring in the bombing of the enemy. He led a party down a C.T. and met with fierce opposition. Despite this, he made progress, using his bombs most effectively till the supply became exhausted. He then posted his team in strong positions and went back for a fresh supply of bombs. On his return the attack continued, and the enemy resistance finally overcome. During this minor operation, no less that 10 of the enemy had been killed by his effective bombing. The great daring and disregard for his personal safety, together with his fine leadership cannot be too highly praised.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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