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Howard Cleave KERSHAW

Regimental number9613
Date of birth9 August 1894
Place of birthEast Maitland, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Otley', 109 Belmore Road, Randwick, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A W Kershaw, 'Otley', 109 Belmore Road, Randwick, New South Wales
Previous military service21st Infantry
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 4, Field Ambulance 5, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

"For great gallantry and devotion to duty during the recent operations to the East of YPRES on October 11th 1917. This man was stretcher-bearing from a forward Regimental Aid Post in the neighbourhood of ZONNEBEKE over a track constantly subjected to fire of heavy artillery and gas shells. On the date mentioned above he was severely concussed by the explosion of a shell but after a short rest he insisted on carrying on. Shortly afterwards he was again blown over by a shell explosion but continued with the evacuation of wounded until relieved. He set a very fine example to his fellow bearers during the period October 11th to 20th 1917. "
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Date of death21 July 1973
Place of burialCremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium

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