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Picton Osborne HAY

Regimental number2848
Place of birthHospital Bay Tas
OccupationMaster mariner
AddressSouthport, Saw Mills, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Robert Hay, Southport, Saw Mills, Tasmania
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Hobart Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For bravery and dash under heavy rifle and machine gun fire. At LAGNICOURT, at dawn on April 15th 1917, when enemy attacked in force Corporal Hay was in charge for a section of the picquet. He organised his men in a very efficient manner, directed their fire and kept them supplied with bombs and ammunition - he was untiring and showed tremendous forethought. He assisted his platoon sergeant, and under very very heavy enemy machine gun fire, to remove a captured machine gun to prevent its recapture. His example was magnificent and gave his men great confidence during a doubtful period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Date of death22 December 1957

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