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Alexander McMASTER

Regimental number7141
Date of birth1888
Place of birthKiata, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressGoyura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Mr A McMaster, Goyura, Victoria
Enlistment date28 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty near BONY from 29th September to 2nd October 1918. On one occasion whilst on patrol under heavy machine gun fire, he carried a message across the open from an advanced Post to Company Headquarters. During the whole of the Operations, he displayed great courage and initiative in working forward, often in very difficult circumstances, and gained information which was invaluable and enabled his Company to overcome the resistance of machine gun posts which were holding up the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1886 Pte Ewen McMASTER, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 April 1919; 1881 Pte Duncan McMASTER, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 April 1919; 1885 Pte Alan McMASTER, 38th Bn, killed in action, 13 July 1917; 1880 Pte Dugald McMASTER, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 January 1918.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Served 1200 days (949 days of which were spent abroad).
Date of death1967
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria

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