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Richard BARRETT

Regimental number1130
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressVictoria Road, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, James Barrett, 265 Victoria Road, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date5 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "November-20 December 1915"

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'In November 1915, while bombing, modified the effect of a bomb which fell in the trench by throwing a folded overcoat over it. Was hit himself but certainly saved others. Was always a plucky and persistent bomber and always alert on his post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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