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Alfred KNOWLES

Regimental number4465
Place of birthSouthampton England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressNarrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Sloper, Porchfield, near Newport, Isle of Wight, England
Enlistment date6 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on the morning of 8th August 1918, an enemy strong point was encountered, and the advance held up. These two men [KNOWLES and 6391 Stanley William ROBINSON] on their own initiative, rushed forward with their Lewis gun, opened fire, and inflicted heavy casualties, causing the garrison of 20 to surrender. Their action enabled the advance to continue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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