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Reuben Henry HARPER

Regimental number5109
Place of birthElderslie Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressElderslie, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr T Harper, Elderslie, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Hobart Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For untiring energy and gallantry during the fighting near DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918 when acting as Runner. he repeatedly carried messages between Battalion Headquarters and his Company and to other Companies and units in the forward posts during the extremely heavy Artillery, Machine Gun and Rifle fire. Messages of great importance were carried by this Runner with despatch during most critical stages of the battle.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 March 1964

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