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Ralph BARRETT

Regimental number1410
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBerringa, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinEdward Barrett, Scarsdale near Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: August 1915

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: August 1915

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 6th and 7th August, 1915, and 10th August, 1915, at Chunuk Bair (Dardanelles). During the advance, and later, when the trenches were congested with dead and wounded, he made continual journeys across open ground under very heavy shell and rifle fire to bring up ammunition. His courage and devotion to duty throughout a critical period exercised the greatest influence over the troops holding that section of the trenches, and assisted to restore confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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