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Hector Barnett HUTCHINSON

Regimental number144
Place of birthBooligal New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressCondobolin, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Samuel Hutchinson, Carella, Condobolin, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Tunnelling Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night 3/4 November, 1918, at Rejet de Beaulieu. He was supervising the construction of a heavy tank bridge across the canal. After landing a party and capturing a machine gun on the other side, he carried on the work of construction for some eighteen hours under heavy fire, finally completing the bridge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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