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Oliver BAUM

Regimental number3242
Place of birthMount Sovell England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSmythes Road, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, T Baum, Main Street, Mount Sorrell, Leicestershire, England
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD during the tour of the 58th Battalion, in the line from 23rd September 1917 to 27th September 1917 Private Baum did magnificent service as a battalion runner when all other means of communication had broken down. he carried despatches to and from the front line and to Brigade Headquarters in rear under very heavy barrage fire. he guided reinforcing companies to the front line when the Battalion was seriously threatened. Fatigue parties and ration parties under his guidance reached their objectives safely and with despatch. Day and night he worked inceasingly under very trying conditions and he set his comrades a splendid example of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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

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