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Herbert Edmond GRALTON

Regimental number4300
Place of birthBellinger River New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRaleigh, Bellinger River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Edmund Gralton, Raleigh, Bellinger River, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered to Mention in Corps Orders)

Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918

Military Medal

'On the evening of 21st October, 1917, while the Battalion was proceeding to the relief of 54th Battalion near MOLENAARELSTHOEK, the enemy opened up a very heavy artillery barrage, through which the Battalion had to pass. In Private CRALTONUs Company 4 men were killed and 3 badly wounded. Private GRALTON and other stretcher bearers at once went to the aid of the wounded men, and at his own great personal risk assisted in attending to the wounded, and, while still under heavy shell fire assisted to carry them to a relay post. From 6.30 p.m. until midnight he was under heavy fire, but never for a moment hesitated in carrying out his duty. The devotion to duty of this man and his fellow stretcher bearers undoubtedly saved the lives of the wounded men and created an excellent impression amongst their comrades.'
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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