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Clarence HARRIS

Regimental number71
Place of birthGunbar New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWillamthy, Hillston, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John Harris, Willamthy, Hillston, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, Headquarters
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 3 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations on 11th August 1918, against RAINECOURT, East of AMIENS, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in maintaining telephone lines passing through the village of FARMERVILLE. The village was subjected to extremely heavy bombardment throughout the day, the lines from battalion H.Q. being repeatedly broken. Although the task seemed hopeless Sergeant HARRIS with ceaseless determination and absolute disregard of the terrific shelling worked incessantly repairing the breaks, and it was owing to the courage and fearlessness of this N.C.O. that communication was maintained throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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

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