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Cecil BARBER

Regimental number1873
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStorekeeper
AddressRoseville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, William Tudor Barber, 10 Windsor Road, Denmark Hill, London, England
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBathurst, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 22 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 6 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For great coolness and courage when observing from the roof of a house in the front line on 2nd May, 1918, under heavy fire.He obtained valuable information regarding enemy trenches and new works, which was of great use in bringing artillery fire to bear on important posts. The house was continually under artillery and very heavy machine gun fire. During the whole tour in the line he was on duty at this spot continuously from dawn to dark and displayed great zeal and ability in supplying information that enabled the artillery and machine gun fire to be directed on important enemy targets. He also did very valuable patrol work on the nights 29th April, 1918 and 1st May, 1918, when with great coolness and courage he patrolled very close to the enemy's positions and brought back valuable information regarding his dispositions.'
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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