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Regimental number242
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
AddressMarsden Park, Riverston, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFriend, Miss Emily Garforth, Marsden Park, Riverston, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 5, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 December 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

'During the offensive east of YPRES in October, 1917, the N.C.O. in charge of the sub-section to which GRENSHAW (then a Lance Corporal) belonged, became a casualty. Lance Corporal GRENSHAW at once took charge of both gun teams and continuing the advance brought both guns into action on the objective where they were later able to do a considerable amount of good work. Later on a gun belonging to another section was blown out and the N.C.O. in charge wounded. Lance Corporal GRENSHAW at once took charge of the remainder of the team, procured a new gun, and moved gun and crew to a better tactical position. Throughout the whole time he was cool, cheerful and courageous, and showed a marked capacity for leadership. Since the above incident he has been often in the line and has always been an excellent example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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