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Alexander Fullford BECHERVAISE

Regimental number1911
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
Other NamesAlexander Tullford
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, E J Bechervaise, Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and determined leadership. In the attack on Lihons on 10th August, 1918, he made a daring reconnaissance under heavy machine gun fire and then led his platoon to the attack. Later in the day he cleared out a nest of machine guns, which enabled the platoon on his right to get forward into a wood, which was then quickly captured. He also rendered splended service in reorganizing and again pushing forward. His dash and skill in securing the important tactical point undoubtedly was the means of saving the company many casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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

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