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Eric HEURTLEY

Regimental number2611
Place of birthTiverton, Devon, England
True NameREED, Percival Francis Heurtley
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWoolclasser
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Warwick Wilson, Hauraki Club, Hauraki, New Zealand
Enlistment date3 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
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Conspicuous gallantry and administrative ability at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 1 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 24 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialMeteren Military Cemetery (Row I, Row E, Grave No 138), Meteren, Nord, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
67
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Edith E.H. Reed, Mines Department, Wellington, New Zealand. Native of Westport, New Zealand
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous galantry and devotion to duty. He led a bombing attack inflicting heavy losses on the enemy and bringing back valuable information. His men were twice driven back, but he led them forward and re-occupied the trench. He held his position intact until severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEURTLEY Eric

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