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Cornelius Charles HARRIS

Regimental number18872
ReligionMethodist
OccupationTelegraphist
AddressNewcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W Harris, Byng, via Orange, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 27
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ART AFA
Promotion date: 22 May 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: ART 12 AB AFA
Promotion date: 22 August 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Bernes on 15-16 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'Near Hermes, on 15th-16th September, 1918, he was in charge of teams and ammunition waggons returing to our lines, when his column came suddenly under heavy shell fire, two men and five horses being killed and several wounded. With the utmost coolness and disregard of danger he at once set to work to straighten out the confusion and get the remainder of the teams safely away, while he himself remained on the spot bandaging and attending to the wounded. He set an admirable example of gallantry and devotion to duty to all his men.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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