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Maurice HAYES

Regimental number737
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFredrick Hayes, Kerferd Street ,Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Near BEAUREVOIR, east of PERONNE, during period 3rd to 5th October, 1918, this soldier as linesman with the Brigade Signal Section displayed marked courage and devotion to duty. At a critical time during the operations when only one line was available to forward units his work in laying new lines and the maintenance of same during the hours of darkness and under exceedingly heavy shell fire was invaluable. On many occasions the lines were broken and HAYES, regardless of personal safety, went out time after time repairing them from line battalions back to forward report centre. He remained on duty without rest for 72 hours and his conspicuous gallantry throughout the operations, including three attacks by the Brigae, materially helped the quick transmission of important information to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Date of death26 December 1974

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