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Elliott John HAMMETT

Regimental number117
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address215 Victoria Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs C F Hammett, 48 Chetwynd Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll117A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT during the operations from 3rd to 10th May 1917, these men [HAMMETT, 72 R. CHEYNE, 289 H. MARTIN] displayed very gallant conduct. They were responsible for a line communication between Company Headquarters and Forward Sections, and with Brigade Headquarters. For 40 hours after zero they worked in the open under heavy shell fire, without rest and regardless of personal safety. The line was cut nineteen times on the night of 3rd/4th May, and these men passed through the artillery barrage many times on their repair work, which was so well carried out that this unit was at times the only one in communication with Brigade Headquarters, many messages being sent over our line to Forward Battalions in consequence. Their bravery and devotion to duty was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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