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Arthur Ernest MAHER

Regimental number1987
Place of birthGrenfell New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGrenfell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Maher, Grenfell, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 11 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in searching a burning ammunition dump which was under heavy shell fire and exploding in every direction, for wounded comrades, one of whom he eventually found with five yards of the dump, and carried him to a place of safety. It seemed impossible for any one to approach the dump and live, so continuous and violent were the explosions. Sixteen of his party were killed and nine wounded by the first explosion, and he set a splendid example of devotion and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 5th April 1918 during the attack on our line opposite DERNANCOURT, this gunner displayed great courage and resource in attending to his wounded comrades, dressing their wounds and taking them to the Dressing Station along the shell swept streets of the Village of MILLENCOURT. Owing to his fine work all wounded men received good attention and safely reached the Station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Date of death25 September 1943
Place of burialGrenfell Cemetery

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