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Alex Albert McGOLDRICK

Regimental number3209
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoftgoods
Address213 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Henry McGoldrick, 213 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military service70th Infantry
Enlistment date20 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At the South West of BELLICOURT during 29th and 30th September 1918, these stretcher bearers [McGOLDRICK, 4462 F.C. SKILLER, 6618 E.E. CALF, 6674 A.A. WALL, 518 E.J. S. WROTH, 4757 A.J.C. PARKER] displayed conspicuous bravery in carrying wounded across ground exposed to enemy observation and under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Each carry was across the Hindenburg System and owing to the rain making the ground slippery each trip took 3 hours to carry 1000 yards across wire, trenches etc. In spite of numerous casualties amongst the bearers, these men by their endurance, determination and example encouraged the other bearers and in an extraordinarily difficult situation, made the evacuation of wounded possible. Devotion to duty of these men is deserving of special reward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 July 1988
Age at death91
Place of burialBallarat (New) Cemetery, Victoria

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