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Pickford John GRAHAM

Regimental number29
Place of birthDollin Victoria
Address2 Moran Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMrs E M Graham, 2 Moran Street, Boulder City, Was
Enlistment date30 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSIG
Unit name29th Battalion, Headquarters, Signallers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations near ASSEVILLERS on 29th August 1918. Corporal GRAHAM was the N.C.O. in charge of the Battalion Signallers. When the Battalion advanced he, with two men, put out three thousand yards of cable when the cable ran out. He then salvaged enemy cable and continued on to about 200 yards in front of BARLEUX, when the cable again ran out. Corporal GRAHAM then went on for 1000 yards on to a rise and established communication with the men at the end of the cable, by means of a Lucas Lamp. At this time, being under direct observation, they were subjected to extremely heavy shelling and Machine Gun fire. By Corporal GRAHAM'S resourcefulness the Battalion was able to keep in communication and to send messages direct to Brigade Headquarters right throughout the operation. During the whole of the time he showed great fearlessness and devotion to duty, setting a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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