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Regimental number4974
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSteel dresser
Address81 Grove Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Baldwin, 81 Grove Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. displayed marked courage and bravery during the attack on the enemy on the morning of 8th August, 1918, East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS. He was one of a party of 11 men under 2nd Lieutenant GORDON. During the advance the party encountered strong enemy post. Without hesitation Sergeant BALDWIN attacked the position and jumping in to the trench personally killed four of the enemy with his bayonet. He then proceeded along the trench and rendered his Officer inestimable assistance in capturing 27 prisoners (including an officer) and 4 machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4973 Corporal Gerald BALDWIN, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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