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Benjamin HARDNER

Regimental number62
Place of birthOakleigh Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address30 Harmsworth Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Congratulatory Card

Recommendation date: 18 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty ner Villers-Bretonneux on 4th May 1918. The enemy put down an intense barrage of all calibres on the area in which the Battalion cookers were placed. These two soldiers [HARDNER and 1384 A. MATTSON] at once unyoked their teams from their water carts which were some little distance away and proceeded to the spot the hitching up was done under the greatest difficulty and during the operation three wheels of one cooker and the under carriage of the other were damaged by the shells. Owing to the utter disregard for danger and the cool patient management of restive horses by these drivers, the vehicles were ultimately pulled out to a place of safety, and the evening meal for their comrades in the trenches ensured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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