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Wilford BATTEN

Regimental number128
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPlumber
Address99 Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinJ Batten, 99 Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


For general good work during period February-September 1917, showing consistent initiative, dash and bravery.
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Rendered valuable services through coolness and devotion to duty, setting splendid example to men. (Polygon Wood)
Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He successfully completed and wired a strong point under heavy fire. During a counter attack he got in touch with the troops on his left, and kept up communications at great personal risk. He set a magnificent example to his section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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

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