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Regimental number1565
Place of birthArgyle Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNo address in New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFriend, Leonard Marsh, Hellsborough, via New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Enlistment date17 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during enemy attack on Noreuil when, by his daring sniping under heavy enemy sniping and machine gun enfilade, he succeeded in saving a critical situation.'
Recommendation date: 24 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 August 1917

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during an enemy attack on 15th April 1917 on the village of NOREUIL. This N.C.O. on finding that his men were being sniped at from a Sunken Road in front of his position, crawled out from cover under very heavy fire sniping and enfilade enemy Machine gun fire got into a fold of the ground from where he was able to put the enemy snipers out of action, notwithstandidng the fact that in crawling out he had been shot at by a sniper and wounded in the hand. He then returned to his first position where he carried on, having saved any further loss of life there by his brave action. he was wounded later by shell fire. His absolute disregard of danger and his quick action in a critical situation was a fine example to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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