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Regimental number4447
Place of birthVanualeuv Fiji
OccupationBoat builder
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs M E Hathaway, Suva, Fiji
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th ATMB
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'This man was assisting in preparation of incendiary shells near LA HOUSSOYE on the 21st May, 1918, when he noticed that one of the shells in the prepared dump was smouldering. With a fine disregard to personal danger he promptly rushed to the dump and threw the shell away. It exploded before the shell stuck the ground. But for his quick and courageous action the lives of the whole detachment would have been in imminent danger.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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