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Arthur John GUMMERSALL

Regimental number5613
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address12 Argyle Place, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Gummersall, 122 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date1 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Broodseinde on 4 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on 4th October, 1917, at BROODSEINDE. This man who was acting as a Company Signaller had his apparatus destroyed by the enemy barrage before zero, but maintained communication by running, he also repaired the line from Battalion Headquarters, to Brigade forward station on several occasions under heavy enemy shell fire. Later he acted as a guide to the relieving Battalion, and on account of heavy casualties amongst the runners was on duty for 48 hours. Without sleep. His work was of the highest order, displaying great gallantry and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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