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Regimental number2034
Place of birthAberdeen Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Howitt, Longside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Enlistment date23 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Refers 1-2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Medal

'On 1st September 1918 during the attack on PERONNE this man did invaluable work. When casualties became very heavy he worked continuously under intense shell and Machine Gun fire, utterly disregarding his own life, and dressing and bandaging their wounds. On the resumption of the attack on 2nd September 1918 he again displayed much coolness and courage and there is no doubt that the immediate attention the wounded received from him resulted in many very valuable lives being saved. I cannot speak too highly of this man's splendid work, and strongly recommend him for the Military Medal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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