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Edward Gilchrist HOPE

Regimental number652
Date of birth5 March 1892
Place of birthTiaro, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressTiaro, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A H Hope, Tiaro, Queensland
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work near Peronne on 29 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'In the attack near Peronne on 29 August, 1918, he rushed three enemy machine gun positions single handed, putting them out of action, and killing or capturing the crews. Later, his company advanced through a heavy artillery barrage and suffered heavy casualties. Although wounded, he took up a position within 100 yards of the enemy and beat down their fire with his Lewis gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Family/military connectionsCousin (1st): 4791 Sergeant Henry Edward GILCHRIST, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli (landed 11 September 1915), Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 December 1977
Age at death85
Place of burialTewantin Cemetery, Queensland

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