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Richard Henry ADDISON

Regimental number3016
Place of birthAccrington England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
Address2 Cavendish Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, George Addison, 6 Park Road, Acrington, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date2 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919

Military Medal

'During a counter-attack by his Battalion on a strong enemy position South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on night 24th/25th April 1918 this man, who is a Lewis Gunner, when his Section Commander and remainder of the team became casualties, carried the gun forward, using it with good effect against the enemy although subjected to heavy rifle and machine gun fire. When his gun was put out of action, he at once made good the damaged parts and brought his gun into action again, thus greatly assisting in the advance of his Company. His coolness and resourcefulness under heavy fire were a splendid example to all about him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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