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Bertie MARSHALL

Regimental number3860
Place of birthStorkstroom South Africa
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinBrother, J Marshall, 45 Albany Street, East London, South Africa
Enlistment date2 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Recommendation date: 21 December 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

Military Medal

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. During the initial stages of the operations this N.C.O's platoon commander became a casualty. He immediately took command and by his effective handling of the platoon he gained the absolute confidence of the men under him. Although under heavy artillery and Machine Gun fire his coolness and disregard of personal safety was most noticed by the men under him and by this set a great example. His initiative and good judgment greatly minimised the casualties in his platoon. After the attack he continually visited his outposts and by using great tact cheered the men up considerably notwithstanding the trying circumstances and personal risk. This N.C.O.'s leadership, judgment and coolness are worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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