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Albert James BARNES

Regimental number4988
Place of birthWoking England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rosina Barnes, 'Cotham' near Woking, Surrey, England
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the attack on the Beaurevoir Line, east of Peronne, on 3 October, 1918, a strong post was encountered behind some very thick wire. An enemy machine gun in this post was causing a host of casualties. He moved away to a flank, crawled through the wire, and came round the rear of the enemy post. He then rushed the post and threw several bombs into it, killing, or capturing, the crew before his platoon was through the wire. This fine action was carried out with great courage and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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