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Nelson Thomas BAXTER

Regimental number1433
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressNowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Baxter, Osborne Street, Nowra
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll6th A.F.A. Bde. Australian Field Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Enlisted 18 September 1915 - 6th Light Horse, 11th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 6th Light Horse, 4 January 1916. Transferred to 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 27 March 1916; 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 27 January 1917. Gassed, 1 November 1917.

FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Date of death8 August 1918
Age at death24
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'During the operations at HOOGE near YPRES on the 25th/26th September, 1917, Gunner BAXTER was acting as linesman with the Battalion Liaison Officer for the attack. This man ran back through a very heavy barrage of machine gun and artillery fire four times with messages of the most vital importance, thereby enabling the communication to be kept up. His absolute disregard for personal danger, endurance and devotion to duty were of the highest order throughout the whole engagement.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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