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Johan Wille Edgar LARSEN

Regimental number1879
Date of birth11 September 1887
Place of birthCopenhagen
AddressFernhill Nursery, Ray Road, Epping, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinCousin, L P Rosen, Fernhill Nursery, Ray Road, Epping, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hesbecourt on 18 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 28 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Military Medal

'On 18th September, 1918, during operations east of HESBECOURT this N.C.O. showed skilful leadership, initiative and daring in action. During the attack three machine gun nests held up the advane and L/Cpl. LARSEN with the aid of a Lewis Gun accounted for the garrison, capturing 3 guns. Later on during the advance he observed a hostile machine gun team firing amonst his men. Working his way round the trench and crawling over the parapet he silenced the gun, killing 3 of the crew and capturing two prisoners. The work of this N.C.O. was of the highest order and inspired his men at all times.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date9 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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