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Percy Wilfred LARRATT

Regimental number5737
Place of birthNottingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
Address14 Cook Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6.5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eveline Dora Larratt, 14 Cook Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'This man volunteered to bring a message back from the HINDENBURG Line on the morning of the 11th April 1917. He knew that he volunteered for this service with very little chance of getting through the heavy barrage of Artillery and Machine gun fire which then swept "No Man's Land". Nearly all the previous runners who had attempted this had been shot down and he knew it. By proceeding from shell hole to shell hole he succeeded in crossing the danger zone and delivered his dispatch to Battalion Headquarters. he also displayed great courage and devotion to duty during the earlier fighting in the trenches. For his conspicuous gallantry he is strongly recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LARRATT Percy Wilfred

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