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Harry Norman INGAMELLS

Regimental number2833
Place of birthSurrey Hills Victoria
AddressStrathbogie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, H Ingamells, Strathbogie, Victoria
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: "2 March 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 March 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the 14th Battalion's tour of duty fro 24th January, 1917, to 9th February, 1917, in the GUEUDECOURT Sector this man displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty and great personal risk assisted to maintain telephone communication between Battalion Headquarters and the front line during heavy shell fire. While in support of the 13th Battalion during the operations on night of 4th/5th February, 1917, to north east of GUEUDECOURT, he assisted maintaining communications forward from POSSUM TRENCH to advanced Battalion Headquarters, during what was declared to be one of the heaviest artillery barrages ever experienced on the western front.' Second entry reads: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAIRE WOOD, south east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. This N.C.O. was one of a forward party laying cable behind the assaulting waves. Though compelled to fight during the passage of the WOOD he carried his wire to his objective and established communication. From the on for 48 hours he continually patrolled the lines which were broken by enemy shell fire. No fire was heavy enough to stop him and it was largely due to his ceaseless patrolling and cool contempt for danger that unbroken communication existed from Battalion Headquarters to all Companies throughout the whole operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 September 1965
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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