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Harold Stewart LATHAM

Regimental number6217
Place of birthSamson Vale Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressMurgon, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, S Latham, Murgon, Queensland
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For his conspicuous courage and coolness in action near ZONEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. He showed an utter contempt for danger and when a party of enemy riflemen opened fire from a shell hole he rushed the post and by means of a mills bomb killed or wounded the occupants. His cool behaviour caused great amusement and was a cheerful example to his comrades. After the Blue Line was consolidated he acted as a scout and brought valuable information to his Company Commander when enemy attempted to concentrate for counter attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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