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Herbert Edward MATTHEWS

Regimental number3582
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClub steward
Address222 Havelock Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Richard Edward Matthews, 222 Havelock Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 10 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 11th April 1917 near BULLECOURT Private MATTHEWS who is a Battalion Stretcher Bearer did excellent work in bringing in the wounded from the front line under fire. Although this Battalion was not taking part in the attack Private MATTHEWS was scout all day bringing back wounded. At 6 p.m. he was told by the R.M.O. to rest, but although tired out, he insisted on going on with the work until all the wounded had ben brought in. He set a very fine example of courage, unselfishness and endurance, and was of great assistance in this dangerous work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 February 1959
Place of burialBowral Cemetery

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