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Walter Frances MATTHEWS

Regimental number4490
Place of birthBurnley Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSalesman
Address1 Moore Street, Burnley, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Frank Matthews, 1 Moore Street, Burnley, Victoria
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty at BROODSEINDE RIDGE. During the attack on 4th October, 1917, this man acted as a runner, and without hesitation traversed the most heavily shelled areas with information and despatches. Later, under most trying weather conditions and when his Company was depleted by casualties, he acted as a signaller, remaining on duty without respite for 20 hours, and performing his duty in a splendid manner. He proved of great use in the maintenance of communication from our forward posts.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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