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William John Hubert BARLING

Regimental number772
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLetter carrier
Address4 Warrick Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Barling, 4 Warrick Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Orders

'Excellent work as runner at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 2 August 1916

Military Medal

Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 27 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 23rd day of August, 1918 at HERLEVILLE WOOD. During the advance when all other Runners became casualties this man carried on alone. He made innumerable trips to Battalion Headquarters under very heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire. Though partially gassed he refused to be relieved of his duties knowing the weakness of his Company. Later on in the day when the casualties became greater he acted a runner for the flank Coy. His work was of a very high standard and he was untiring in his efforts.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 October 1956
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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