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Regimental number958
Place of birthEdinborough Scotland
Address151 Commercial Street, Path Head, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jane Smith Masterton, 151 Commercial Street, Path Head, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Traffic Control Detachment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Bellewaarde Circuit, 1-9 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

FateDischarged 27 March 1919

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was in charge of the Traffic Control at the BELLEWAARDE CIRCUIT. He was on this duty for eight days, 1st/9th October, 1917 continuously and frequently under heavy shell fire. On one occasion on the 3rd October, 1917, when the Road at IDIOT CORNER was congested with traffic, the enemy heavily shelled that part of the road, causing a considerable number of casualties in men and horses. The confusion that ensued was most pronounced, especially as many drivers deserted their horses and wagons. Sergeant MASTERTON at once organised a party of men to clear the road, and induced the driver to return to their wagons. He set a splendid example of coolness and courage throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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