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Harold John HELEY

Regimental number1711
Place of birthBroadford Vic
AddressBrandon, Lower Burdekin, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs E L Heley, Broadford, Victoria
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A22 Rangatira on 25 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918

Military Medal

'At 9.40 p.m. 24th December, 1916, No. 2 Gun Pit was hit by a German shell, which blew portion of the pit i, burying two men who were also seriously wounded. Notwithstanding that the Battery position was being shelled and the shells dropping very close, Gunner HELEY and Sergeant BREWER with other members of the Battery immediately set to work, and after much difficulty extricated the two men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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