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Rupert George HANSON

Regimental number30A
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolLoorouga Road, School, Malvern, Victoria; Stoff's Business College.
AddressCaulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Hanson, 12 Narong Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Enlistment date21 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll30
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He was in charge of a ward at the Clearing Hospital Anzac Cove, and was one of the last to leave Anzac. He and a few others being chosen to stay behind till all troops had evacuated safely. On 4th July, 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux he won the Military Medal for rescuing wounded men continuously under very heavy shell fire and on 8th August at Hamel was recommended for a bar for the MM. While in our position of readiness on 8th August, .... suddenly dropped a very heavy barrage on our lines, and inthe face of that fire his courage and coolness in collecting and bearing away the wounded were magnificant, and at the battle a few days later he helped to carry many a wounded chap away through almost point blank artillery and machine gun fire. He was also recommended for the Crox de Guerre and a Commission. These are extracts from letters received from Col. McGregor, O.C. 4th Field Amb., and Capt Hunter 4th Field Amb." Details from Mother.
FateKilled in Action 16 August 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, 1918, France
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux ilitary Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 2), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Laura HANSON, "Rosery", Ascot Street, Malvern, Victoria

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: Lieut G.C. Hanson served through the whole of the War with the 5th Light Horse Regiment.

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