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Robert Edward HAYWARD

Regimental number2928
Place of birthCargelligo New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressCharles Street, Narrandera, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah C Hayward, Charles Street, Narrandera, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 2 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'About 10 a.m. on 4th October, 1917, while on the BIRR CROSS ROADS - BELLEWAARDE circuit with his ambulance wagon full of wounded, a shell fell in the middle of his team killing three horses and wounding the fourth. Although seriously wounded in the back himself he got down uncoupled the wounded horse, which was plunging dangerously, got his wagon emptied of wounded by some passing infantry, and then collapsed. By his courage and determination he undoubtedly saved his wagon and the patients in it from being upset over the side of the road.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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