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Albert Arthur Gordon MADDEN

Regimental number1817
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressFleet Street, South Preston, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Madden, Fleet Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Counter attacks of the enemy were repelled mainly through the work of my Lewis gunners who kept to their post during the whole time under a heavy bombardment by the enemy and after being repeatedly subjected to bomb attacks by small parties who crept up. Owing to the heavy casualties in my Lewis Gunners it was impossible to relieve them, and these men worked continuously during the whole period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery as a Runner. During the operations on 5th April, 1918, near DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT he carried messages from Company to Battalion Headquarters over an area swept by enemy Machine guns and Rifle fire, with the utmost speed. No telephonic communication forward of Battalion headquarters had been established during the first night and day, and it was entirely due to the efforts of this Runner that information from his Company Commander was received at Battalion Headquarters. His work throughout the whole of the operations was highly commendable. This soldier is already in possession of a Military Medal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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