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Oliver Nicholas GRICE

Regimental number2816
Place of birthBundanoon New South Wales
OccupationMotor body builder and wheelmaker
Address64 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Grace Grice, 64 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Peronne on 29-30 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On night 29/30th August 1918, bridges were urgently required across the SOMME Canal south of PERONNE before dawn for the infantry to cross. The work was extremely hazardous as the canal was 400 yards out in No Man's Land and the farther bank had not been patrolled. In face of absence of daylight reconnaissance Corporal GRICE by his splendid courage and resource in a locality constantly being shelled and under machine gun fire completed two bridges. The last portion of the work had to be competed with gas masks on owing to gas bombardment. His courage and endurance was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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