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Arthur Norman HAINES

Regimental number3459
Place of birthBagot's Well South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressNewcaring, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinBrother, Oliver Charles Haines, Newcaring, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentProvisional CPL
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 April 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 11th April 1917 near BULLECOURT this Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of a Vickers Gun. throughout the operation he displayed conspicuous gallantry in keeping his gun in action. On command to retire being given, he took charge of his gun, and carried it back to safety through an intense machine gun and rifle fire barrage. On the way back the remaining man of his gun's crew was wounded shortly after leaving the trench but Private HAINES without thinking of himself took charge of both gun and wounded man and saw both into safety. Immediately on arrival at Sunken Road he again mounted his gun using ammunition boxes for tripod and was in position in readiness for any further attack by the enemy. This man has always displayed a most soldierly bearing throughout all our operations and such a deed as this is worthy of high consideration. he is hereby recommended for highly distinguished conduct.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 February 1925

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