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Alfred Andrew HORE

Regimental number3811
Place of birthWagra Vic
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrazier
AddressW Hore,Riverview, Wymah via Albury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W. Hore, Riverview, Wymah, via Albury, Victoria
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For extreme gallantry and devotion to duty. On 11th April 1917 in the attack on the HINDENBURG LINE near REINCOURT this Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of Lewis Gun section. On reaching the second objective he at once set up his gun in a commanding position and opened on the ranks of the retiring Germans. During the numerous counter attacks he acted with great coolness and judgement inflicting heavy casualties of the attacking foe. When our men were ultimately compelled to retire he remained behind to the last in spite of a hail of hostile bombs and bullets, covering our retreat. Not till almost surrounded by the enemy did he vacate his position. Still carrying his gun he dashed through their encircling ranks and through a tornado of rifle and machine gun fire made his way back. He carried his gun till it was hit by a bullet and broken and only then when absolutely exhausted did he leave it. He showed magnificent courage and splendid coolness and judgement in the most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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