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Edward William McDUFF

Regimental number3876
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address1101 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs A McDuff, 115 Grant Street West, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 November 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 23rd day of August, 1918, at HERLEVILLE WOOD. During the attack when his Coy was suffering heavy casualties, this N.C.O. collected a small party of men including a number of the Scottish Division on his right, and under a very heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire dashed forward and quickly cleared the wood from which the hostile fire was coming, capturing 20 prisoners and three Machine Guns and inflicting very heavy losses on the enemy. His prompt action clearly enabled the leading half of his Company to continue their advance. he showed great initiative and daring.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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