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Herbert Leo JARRETT

Regimental number7964
Place of birthTunbridge Wells England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPainter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Jarrett, 36 Cambrian Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 5th April, 1918 Private [13322 J.] McKILLOP, Private [3814 J.T.] WELSH and Private [7964 J.L] JARRETT formed a stretcher squad and were stationed at an R.A.P. when a heavy enemy barrage closed down on the area prior to an enemy attack. The barrage was so severe that troops moving up to support were held back for the time, and all traffic in the area suspended. Meanwhile a congestion of casualties was occurring at the R.A.P. and wounded were accumulating in a dangerous area without shelter. These men volunteered to attempt to carry back through the intense shell and machine gun fire. Contrary to all expectation, they successfully accomplished their journey. Their gallant action set a high standard of morale, and the evacuation of casualties back went on rapidly from this time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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