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Sydney Bertram BARKER

Regimental number2573
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDental assistant
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, H P Baker, Boundary Street, Little Coogee, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Pozieres, 26 July 1916.
Recommendation date: 31 July 1916

Military Medal

Work at Lihons on 12 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Medal

'In the attack on LIHONS on 10th August 1918 Private BARKER took his gun forward to a most exposed position through heavy Machine Gun fire to the left flank of the 5th Australian Infantry Battalion which was encountering violent opposition. By his splendid courage in moving his gun forward regardless of personal safety, and bringing it into action, he materially assisted in consolidating the position and inflicting many cadsualties in the counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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

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