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Theodore GRUBNAU

Regimental number1035
Place of birthRedfern New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCoorow, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Eckett, Northampton, Western Australia
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 15 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'Near VILLERET during our attack on the Brown Line on 18th September, 1918, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While part of his platoon were digging in on the first objective under cover of protective barrage, an enemy machine gun opened fire from close range inside the barrage, inflicting casualties. This N.C.O. single-handed engaged the gun frontally by rapid rifle fire advancing in short rushes from 100 yards to within 50 yards of the gun, engaging the gunner's attention until a Lewis Gun got into action from the flank, silencing the gun and enabling it to be captured. His prompt action saved many casualties and allowed the platoon to continue its work of consolidation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsWar service: Western Front Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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