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Herbert Norman KNOWLES

Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
OccupationGeneral merchant
AddressClayfield, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Knowles, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name9th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action in charge of his platoon when several platoon posts were established in front of a line. The work of consolidation was greatly hampered by the fire of a hostile machine gun. With the greatest courage and determination he crawled forward alone, bombed the gun post and disposed of the occupants, and, although subjected to harassing fire, be brought the machine gun back with him. His courageous action undoubtedly prevented casualties in his platoon, and allowed the work of consolidation to proceed without hindrance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'Near Lihons, on 10th August 1918, he attacked and captured with his platoon an enemy post, capturing three machine guns and seven prisoners, and enabling the line to advance. On 11th August, during an enemy counter attack, he again handled his command with marked ability, and, though wounded, remained at duty. He showed great gallantry and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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