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Howard James McMICHAEL

Regimental number33928
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
OccupationShipping clerk
Address28 Middle Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinFather, Donald McMichael, 'Glenorie', Prince Albert Street, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, March 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Peronne from 30 August to 3 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the period from 30th August 1918 to 3rd September 1918, near PERONNE, these three men [McMICHAEL, 12538 A.M. HUME, and 2315 A. YARRA] were acting as runners for Group Headquarters to the Batteries. During this time many despatches had to be delivered to Batteries of the Group. At all times day and night these men moved forward under heavy shell fire to Batteries whose positions were frequently changing and difficult to locate. On the night of the 2nd September 1918 they were required to go through a heavy hostile gas shoot. Their despatches were invariably delivered promptly. Their gallant conduct and constant devotion to duty despite long hours and little sleep naturally assisted in the quick transit of the necessary Artillery orders providing continuous support to the attacking Infantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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