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Alexander MAY

Regimental number718
Place of birthSouth Shield, England
SchoolBingham Methodist Church School, Belfast, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia25
OccupationIron worker
Address55 Brown Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Frank May, 55 Brown Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialDochy Farm New British Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 16), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Sarah MAY, 192 Curzon Street, Netherfield, Notts, England. Native of South Shields, England

Military Medal

'East of YPRES at POLYGON WOOD on the morning of 28th September a counter-attack was made on our right front. Telephonic communications both forward and laterally were interrupted. This man acted a runner and showed the greatest coolness and courage. He kept me continually in touch with the front line and the Battalion on our flank, moving through the hostile barrage with utter disregard for his own personal safety. When daylight came he continued to carry on although exposed to enemy's view, and kept me in constant communication. During the whole operation he was always one of the first to volunteer for any dangerous mission, and his devotion to duty set a very fine example and is worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsSGT, F May 945 17Bn,BR, KIA Bullecourt 15 March 1917. PTE, S May 2931 31Bn, BR

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