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Henry Tildon HILDER

Regimental number1935
Place of birthLake Cowal New South Wales
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationLabourer
AddressManildra Street, Narromine, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Alfred Hilder, One Mile, Grenfell, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Refers 1 October 1917.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning 1st October 1917 when holding the line in ZONNEBEKE Sector prior to 3rd Phase of YPRES Battle the Company on the right came under heavy enemy bombardment during which they suffered many casualties. This N.C.O. displayed the greatest courage and initiative in organising stretcher bearer parties to evacuate the wounded. He worked for several hours exposed to enemy observation, the trenches being subjected to shell fire. He also was repeatedly fired upon by enemy snipers. Although wounded in the hand he continued with the work and personally assisted in carrying out many wounded men. During the 5th Phase of the Battle of YPRES when his platoon commander had been killed he took command and led his platoon forward with great dash to reinforce the Battalion detailed to take the second objective. This battalion was being badly cut up by enfilade machine gun fire. He continued to command his platoon till wounded by a H.E. shell. Throughout he set a fine example of coolness, courage and leadership to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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