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Regimental number367
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Robert W Bellenger, McNamara Street, Queenstown, Tasmania
Enlistment date18 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'This man who was a runner between his Battery Commanders Headquarters and Group Headquarters during the operations near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917, acted with extreme courage and devotion to duty. On several occasions when communications with Group Headquarters were cut, he delivered urgent messages under exceptionally heavy shell fire. He displayed cheerful readiness to perform any duty asked of him when the Battery relieved the front line guns, and on several occasions delivered necessary messages to the front line under shell fire and fire from snipers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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