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Albert Edward BARNES

Regimental number165
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngineer
Address7 Hunter Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinNehemiah Barnes, 7 Hunter Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT night 28/29th July 1918. For gallant leadership. During an attack on the enemy Trench System he led his Section with conspicuous gallantry. While following our barrage he encountered an enemy post, and, with Private CRAWFORD, immediately rushed forward and captured the post, taking 5 prisoners and killing the remainder of the garrison. he then re-formed his Section, continued the advance and reached the final objective. he was an inspiring example of gallantry and coolness to his Section under very trying circumstances, owing to the heavy enemy barrage, darkness and difficulty in maintaining direction through a maze of Trenches. He personally prevented crowding and kept in touch on the flanks throughout and his conduct throughout was of the utmost assistance to his Platoon Commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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