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Herbert Robert KING

Regimental number3531
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Mr H Hill, Summerlees, 31 Murray Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On 31st August 1918, at PERONNE, he continually patrolled and repaired telephone lines under heavy shell and machine gun fire thus keeping Battalion Headquarters in constant touch with Companies. On the following day, when the Battalion had moved to a new position he successfully assisted to maintain the lines from Battalion Headquarters to the forward Companies under extremely heavy shell and machine gun fire. Although the area was badly gassed by the enemy and under constant shell and machine gun fire, Private KING displayed an utter disregard of personal safety in going out to repair the lines. By his courage and devotion to duty he set a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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