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Regimental number52
ReligionChurch of England
Address313 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice A Leith, 313 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Conspicuous gallantry & valuable services at Pozieres. Also action in saving wounded.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He commanded a machine gun section with great skill and determination, and, though his section suffered somewhat heavily, he maintained his positions throughout. He also saved a Medical Officer and his orderly who were buried and helpless.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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