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Regimental number9152
OccupationHospital attendant
AddressSydney Road, North Goulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinJohn Hampshire Grunsell, Sydney Road, North Goulburn, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameDermatological Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/69/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 22 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work on 15 May 1917.
Recommendation date: 19 May 1917

Military Medal

Work on 18-19 May 1917 near Armentieres.
Recommendation date: 22 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Alexander John Grunsell on NR
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialHemn Farm Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row I, Grave No. 13), Hem-Monacu, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and LYdia GRUNSELL, Sydney Road, North Goulburn, New south Wales

Military Medal

'On the night of 18th/19th May, 1917, during a heavy bombardment and a hostile raid on LE TOUQUET Sector this N.C.O. showed great gallantry and devotion to duty. He was of considerable assitance to his Officer in organising the men. Under heavy shell fire he went three times back to Company Headquarters, conveying information, and returning with orders to the front line. On his return journeys he also carried water to the men in the firing line. By his devotion to duty the Company Commander was kept in touch with what was happening, while the men were inspired by his thought in bringing up water. His courage and initiative has had an excellent effect on his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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